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McKinley No More: 20 Beautiful Photos of Denali

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From 1917 until this last Monday, if somebody asked you what the tallest mountain in North America is, you would have had to answer "Mount McKinley." Starting this week, you would have to call it "Denali."

That's because President Obama has officially restored the original Alaskan Native name to the massive peak, which was renamed "McKinley" in 1917 in honor of President William McKinley and been a source of controversy ever since.

In 1975, a strange compromise was reached when the park surrounding the mountain was named Denali National Park, while the mountain remained named for a president who never, in fact, set foot in Alaska. Monday that oddity was rectified.

Denali translates to "The Great One," a worthy name for the 20,322ft (6,194m) tall mountain. And so, in honor of this historic change, we thought we'd compile a few of the most beautiful photos of Denali on 500px.

20 gorgeous photos for a 20,000-foot mountain:





















To see more beautiful photos of this massive mountain, search either "McKinley" or "Denali" on 500px. And if you have your own images of Denali hiding in your archives somewhere, share them in the comments down below!

This post originally appeared on the 500px ISO blog.