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Relief Peak (10,808 ft.)
Named by Wheeler Survey in 1878
'This valley takes its very appropriate name from the fact that it was here that relief was brought to the emigrants in their almost starving condition, from the generous-hearted citizens of Sonora and Columbia.' (Hutchings, Illustrated 2, May 1858: 494.)
'Relief Valley' is on Goddard's Map of Sonora
Pass, 1853. Apparently this was what is now the site of 'Relief
Reservoir.' It was called 'Lower Relief Valley' on the 1883 GLO plat and in
the field notes of the surveyor. The creek was called 'Relief Valley Creek'
in those same documents. The peak, creek, and 'Relief Valley' are on the
Wheeler Survey atlas sheet 56D, 1878-79. The present array of names came
into being on the four 15-minute quads in 1956."
- Peter Browning, Place Names of the Sierra Nevada
For more information see these SummitPost pages: Relief Peak - Molo Mountain - Kennedy Peak
This page last updated: Sat Apr 7 17:02:15 2007
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