CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

August 31, 2010

Youghiogheny River AKAs

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CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

YOUGHIOGHENY RIVER AKAs

Yuck waters

Yok

 Yough

Yohogany

Yohogania

Yok-yo-gane

 Yoxhiogeni

 Yaughyaughane

Yawyawganey

Yochi Geni

Youghanne

Yuh-wiac-hanne

 Yoxhio Geni

     The common theme of the above names: the Youghiogheny River, pronounced yock-a-gay’-nee. The variety of names are AKAs for the river, gleaned from historic documents and journals, and the Internet.

     I was told that people along the river in Southwestern Pennsylvania refer to it as the Yough is because they cannot pronounce Youghiogheny. However, my granddaughter, when she was a mere eighteen months old, rolled the name off the tip of her tongue with ease.

     The Yohogany is the only river in western Maryland that doesn’t flow south into the Potomac River. Thus, its name, derived from an Algonquian word, means contrary stream.

     Captain Robert Orme, an aide to General Braddock in 1755, wrote that about crossing the Yoxhio Geni on June 30: we crossed the main body…which was about two hundred yards wide and about three feet deep….

     From the writings of Rufus Putnam, cofounder of the 1986 Ohio Company: until the 1st February, completing some plats of the late surveys, when they left for mouth of Yoh.

     A 1751 map labeled the river Yawyawganey.

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     Yough and Yok rhyme with rock, descriptive of the nature of the rock-littered river. These rocks provide some of the best whitewater in the Eastern United States but inhibit the river’s commercial use, as seen in the May, 1754, George Washington writings where he wondered (more…)

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