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Name History (Mt. Oxford)
Title: Naming of Mt. Oxford
Entered by: 14erFred
Added: 05/17/2010, Last Updated: 05/17/2010
Sources: Borneman, W.R., & Lampert, L.J. (1978). A climbing guide to Colorado's Fourteeners. Boulder, CO: Pruett Publishing Company. Eberhart, P., & Schmuck, P. (1970). The Fourteeners: Colorado's great mountains. Chicago: The Swallow Press. Hart, J.L.J. (1977). Fourteen thousand feet: A history of the naming and early ascents of the high Colorado peaks (Second Edition). Denver, CO: The Colorado Mountain Club.
This mountain is one of a group of five Collegiate Peak 14ers in the south central Sawatch Range of the Colorado Rockies that also includes Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and Columbia. In 1925, Stephen Hart and Albert Ellingwood first attracted attention to this unnamed summit when they hauled surveying instruments to the summits of Harvard and Columbia to confirm the mountain's 14,000-foot- plus elevation. Then in completing the landmark 1925 first edition of his history of the Colorado 14ers, John L. Jerome Hart (Stephen Hart's brother) discovered that this mountain had never been named. Accordingly, he christened the peak "Mt. Oxford," in keeping with the tradition of naming Collegiate Peak 14ers after institutions of higher education, and in honor of the imminent London university that both his brother and Ellingwood had attended (Hart, 1977, p. 19). Oxford was the last of the Collegiate Peak 14ers to be named.