Information Entries for Mt. Elbert and Name History

Name History (Mt. Elbert)

Title: Naming of Mt. Elbert

Entered by: 14erFred

Added: 05/14/2010, Last Updated: 05/14/2010

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.

Mt. Elbert was named for Samuel Hitt Elbert, who arrived in the Colorado Territory in 1862 as secretary to Governor John Evans (for whom Mt. Evans is named, and whose daughter, Josephine, Elbert later married). President Ulysses S. Grant appointed Samuel Elbert territorial governor of Colorado in 1873. Although Elbert was territorial governor for less than a year, he later served 20 years on the Colorado State Supreme Court. Elbert's name appeared on maps of the mountain before 1873.

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