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Mt. Winchell (13,775 ft.)
Named by Elisha Winchell in 1868
In 1868 Elisha C. Winchell, Alexander's cousin, honored him by giving the
name 'Mount Winchell' to what is now named 'Lookout Point.' Unaware of that
naming, Lil A. Winchell, the son of Elisha, in 1879 gave the same name to a
peak south of the Palisades. (Letter, L. A. Winchell to T. S.
Solomons, 1896, in Farquhar papers, BL.) The name
'Mount Winchell' apparently was transferred to its present location by the
USGS during the survey for the Mt. Goddard
30' map, although J. N. LeConte contradicts L. A.
Winchell by saying that it was Winchell who applied the name to the present
Mount Winchell. (SCB 5, no. 1, Jan. 1904: 3.)"
- Peter Browning, Place Names of the Sierra Nevada
"Alexander Winchell was a professor of geology and paleontology at the
University of Michigan He also served as director of the Michigan Geological
Survey and chancellor of Syracuse University. In his day he was a popular
lecturer and writer on scientific topics. His views on race and ethnicity,
though rejected today, were very much in fashion at the time. His collection
includes correspondence, diaries, field notes, drafts of publications and
lectures, poems, reference files, scrapbooks, and visual materials relating
to his research and writing in the fields of geology, paleontology,
evolutionary biology, and other fields of natural history, and to his career
as educator and state geologist."
- From the University of Michigan
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