The Valley’s Name Should Be Renamed Alameda Point

The Times podcast: The fight over Squaw Valley’s name

The Times podcast: The fight over Squaw Valley’s name

The squaw of the valley is a nickname for the area that once was Squaw Valley of the San Joaquin Valley.

But some say that the valley’s name should not be a part of the nickname, and that the area should be recognized as its own entity.

Listen to The Times’s audio podcast: The fight over Squaw Valley’s name

The battle over the name of Squaw Valley began in the 1950s with San Francisco business owner George Tiller’s purchase from the government of land that would become what was then the smallest city in the U.S., with a population of just more than 6,000.

In 1978, Tiller’s son, George Tiller Jr., began naming the community Tiller’s Valley. But the Tiller family was in no mood to let the name go so easily.

In 1996, the town changed its name to Squaw Valley, a name that still was not embraced by the rest of the region. This, according to former community members and historians, was because the name had a negative connotation of a Native American squaw who had been forced to live in a reservation, in a community she was supposed to be helping save.

The current name, Squaw Valley, as adopted with the support of city leaders, is said to reflect the area’s rich agriculture, which is not exclusive to the valley but affects the entire region.

And in the past few years, the Valley area has been receiving a new name. Mayor Bill Bogaard, who has been a champion for its preservation, unveiled his proposal for a new name: Alameda Point – an “anchor” to the city – and the entire area, he said, will soon be known as “Alameda Point,” or simply, by its current name.

“I’m very pleased and happy with where it is today,” Bogaard said on Wednesday, two days before the historic vote on the name. “It

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