Named by BGN in 1911
"Probably named for Lt. George Montague Wheeler (1842-1905), engineer
and surveyor, head of the army's United States Geolographical Surveys West of
the One Hundredth Meridian -- the Wheeler Survey -- from its inception in 1872
until the creation of the US Geological Survey in 1879.
The name was approved as 'Wheeler Ridge' by the BGN in 1911, but appeared as
'Wheeler Crest' on all editions of the Mt. Goddard
30' map and on the Mt. Tom 15' quad. It was not until
publication of the 7 1/2-minute quad in 1982 that the name finally became
'Wheeler Ridge' (INF)"
- Peter Browning, Place Names of the Sierra Nevada
A small register was placed on the highpoint along the ridge in 1979. In it, it is
mentioned that a cairn and note dating from the 40's had been found (maybe now at
Bancroft Library?), in which the point was referred to as "Wheeler Peak".
"Probably named about 1910 for an army officer. Col W. W.
Forsyth, acting superintendent of the park, 1909-12,
named a number of features in the northern part of the park for army
officers. The names all appear on the third
Dardanelles 30' map,
1912. There are two Wheelers who might fit the bill: Charles Brewster
Wheeler, a West Point classmate of Lt. N. F. McClure; and Homer Webster
Wheeler, a cavalry officer from 1875 to the early 1900s. The peak is on
the park's northwest boundary."
Named by W.W. Forsyth in 1910
- Peter Browning, Yosemite Place Names
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