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I admit this information is troubling. Are you sure it’s accurate?

Of course it’s accurate! But I have even worse news! This isn’t the only Yellowstone stream that’s in danger—the Firehole River is also polluted! What a shame! The Firehole is one of the most beautiful rivers in Yellowstone! Why, even its name refers to the dramatic scenery—the hot springs and geysers—surrounding it!

Don’t be too sure of that. Early trappers used the word “hole” to mean broad, flat valleys, and some historians think “Firehole” is simply another way of saying “Burnt Hole.” You see, in the early 1800s, a large fire occurred around present-day West Yellowstone, Montana. The lower part of the Firehole River, now known as the Madison River, flowed through the burned area, so the name might have been transferred to the valley upstream.

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Cast of characters - Maya Crowbes, Dr. A Beadle, Gray Fischer, Viola DeRama
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Q: Where does the name “Firehole” come from?