There's some confusion about how the Anaconda copper mine was named. Michael Hickey, a prospector who filed a claim for the mine (before selling out to Marcus Daly in 1881), was a Union soldier in the Civil War. Legend has it that Hickey read Horace Greeley's account of Ulysses S. Grant's forces surrounding Robert E. Lee's troops "like an anaconda," which supposedly prompted Hickey to adopt the snake's name for the mine. Frankly, I think there's a far simpler explanation. The mine was obviously named after my ancestor, Anaconda Le Chat, who was born three years earlier.
Next time I'll talk about more of my retirement travels elsewhere around the world. Next stop: Machu Picchu in Peru!