"It is odd that such a widespread name, including also 'Kaiser Wilderness', has
no definitely known origin. 'Kaiser or Keyser: both are used locally. The name
is very old, and its rightful spelling unknown. I remember hearing the old
miners speak of Kaiser Gulch (a placer district) way back in 1862, the year of
the big flood; but I know nothing as to the name.' (Letter, Lil A.
Winchell to T.S. Solomons,
April 1896, in SC Papers in BL.) 'Kaiser Gulch' appears on
Hoffman's map of Central California, 1873. Bancroft's
map of 1882 has 'Kaiser Creek.' 'Kaiser Peak,' Kaiser Peak Meadows,'
'Kaiser Pass,' 'Kaiser Creek Diggings' (now the location of a Forest Service
station), and 'West Fork Kaiser Creek' all appeared on the first Kaiser
30' map, 1904, and were probably added by the USGS. The present 'Kaiser Ridge'
was 'Kaiser Crest' on the 30-minute map from 1904 through 1939, then was
unnamed until 1953. The 'Kaiser Ridge' on the Shuteye Peak quad is a
different formation altogether."
- Peter Browning, Place Names of the Sierra Nevada
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