"The USGS added the name to the 15-minute map, 1956, because it was in common
use. It is the highest point on the Great Western Divide. In 1881 the
Langley party on the summit of Mount
Whitney gave this mountain the name of 'Mount Michaelis,' for Capt. Otho
Ernest Michaelis, US Army Signal Corps, who was assigned to accompany Langley.
'Captain Michaelis gave us a vivid description of the battle-ground of the Little
Big Horn. He was the first white man to reach the body of General Custer on that
ill-fated field.' (W. B. Wallace in MWCJ 1, no. 1, May 1902: 5.) The name
'Mount Michaelis' never made it onto the maps."
Named by USGS in 1956
- Peter Browning, Place Names of the Sierra Nevada
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