Change is inevitable. We know it. We often don’t like it. You can’t always stop it. Buena Vista has been going through major changes ever since I moved here 16 years ago. Before the name Buena Vista was decided upon for this little mountain town, it had a couple of different names. I know of two, Mahonville and Cottonwood. I’m sure the buzz created by choosing a new name caused great anxiety for the locals, especially the Mahons.
If you are Spanish speaking, or even have minimal knowledge of Spanish, you will most assuredly cringe at the correct pronunciation of the name. You would, however, be mis-pronouncing it if you use proper Spanish.
Alsina Dearheimer, a local, whose first language was German, who did not speak Spanish, chose the name Buena Vista. The emphasis is on the “u”. It took me a few years to embrace the correct pronunciation. You can always tell the locals from the tourists…you can also tell when a local is firmly entrenched in this community as they embrace and love the correct pronunciation.
I had the opportunity to be interviewed by John Duesler, Jr., of Emerging Sports TV regarding life in Buena Vista, or BV as the locals call it, last summer. John was hired on behalf of CBS sports to provide an endorsing promo of our little town. I had the honor of taking him and his cameraman by horseback (with a pack horse, of course) to the bluff overlooking BV. My voice is the first one heard on promo: Built by a force of nature. That pretty much sums it all up….literally and figuratively!
Come visit us some time!