Mt. Evans

Name History (Mt. Bierstadt)



Title: Naming of Mt. Bierstadt

Entered by: 14erFred

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

Sources: Borneman, W.R., & Lampert, L.J. (1998). A climbing guide to Colorado's Fourteeners. Boulder, CO: Pruett Publishing Company. Foster, L. (2005). Rocky Mountain National Park: The complete hiking guide. Englewood, CO: Westcliffe Publishers. 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. Seaver, F.J. (1926). Ellsworth Bethel. Mycologia, Vol. 18, No. 4 (July-August), pp. 187-188. The Colorado Mountain Club Foundation. (2010). The Colorado 14ers: The standard routes. Golden, CO: The Colorado Mountain Club Press.

In 1914, the Colorado Geographic Board and the United States Geographic Board named the peak in honor of renowned western landscape painter, Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902), who visited Mount Evans in 1863 and "may well have made the first ascents of both Mount Evans and Mount Bierstadt" (Borneman & Lampert, 1998, p. 25). Bierstadt immortalized Mount Evans in his famous 12-foot x 7-foot oil painting "Storm in the Rocky Mountains," dated 1866 (Hart, 1977, p. 15). The mountain's name was first suggested by Ellsworth Bethel (June 20, 1863-Sept. 8, 1925), a Denver high-school botany teacher who also named many of the peaks in the Indian Peaks Wilderness.

Name History (Mt. Evans)



Title: Naming of Mt. Evans

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. Colorado Mountain Club Foundation. (2010). The Colorado 14ers: The Standard Routes. Golden, CO: The Colorado Mountain Club 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.

The peak was first named Mt. Rosalie in 1863 by renowned western landscape painter, Albert Bierstadt, in honor of his wife. But during a celebration in Greeley, Colorado in 1870, Mt. Rosalie was unofficially renamed Mt. Evans in honor of the second territorial Colorado Governor, John Evans (March 9, 1814 - July 2, 1897). Evans was the father-in-law of Samuel Hitt Elbert, for whom Mt. Elbert was named. In 1895, the Colorado State legislature officially named the mountain in honor of Evans on his 81st birthday. Evans is best known as founder of the town of Evanston, Illinois, Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), and the University of Denver.



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