Mt. Stanford (12,838 ft.)
Named by R. B. Marshall in 1909
"The university was established in 1885 by Leland
Stanford (1824-93), railroad builder, governor of California, and U. S.
senator; it was named Leland Stanford Junior University in memory of
Stanford's son, who had died the preceding year. Prof.
Bolton C. Brown, who made the first ascent in Aug.
1896, named the peak
Mount Stanford for the university. He suggested as an alternate name Stanford
University Peak, if the name Mount Stanford should be declared ineligible
because of another peak so named in Placer Co. However, the original Mount
Stanford, which had been named by the Whitney Survey,
was renamed as Castle Peak. Later, when the USGS
mapped the Pioneer Basin region in 1907-09, its chief geographer, R. B.
Marshall, named the four peaks of the divide in memory of the "Big Four"
magnates of the Central Pacific Railroad: Charles
Crocker, Mark Hopkins, Collis P.
Huntington, and Leland Stanford. So now there are, after all, two
Mount Stanfords in the state."
- Erwin Gudde, California Place Names
More on Leland Stanford Sr.:
From Stanford University
Museum of the City of San Francisco (online)
PBS's The West (online)
More of Bob's Trip Reports
For more information see these SummitPost pages: Mt. Stanford - Mt. Morgan
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