Disaster Peak (10,047 ft.)
Named by Wheeler Survey in 1877
"September 6, 1877: 'We had finished a very successful day's work, and were
completing our labors by putting up the usual monument. ... Mr. Cowles [the
topographer] loosened a heavy mass, which, slipping from its bearings,
precipitated him some 15 feet upon the jagged rocks below, passing over his
legs as it rolled on. Mr. Vail and myself, on hastening to his assistance,
were inexpressibly shocked to find that both legs had been broken.' (Lt. M.
M. Macomb, Wheeler Survey, Report, 1878, 143.) Macomb named the peak;
the creek name was added, probably by the USGS, with publication of the
Dardanelles 30' map in 1898."
- Peter Browning, Place Names of the Sierra Nevada
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