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 Information Entries for Mt. Antero

Name History (Mt. Antero)



Title: Naming Mt. Antero

Entered by: 14erFred

Added: 05/17/2010, Last Updated: 05/17/2010

Sources: Borneman, W.R., & Lampert, L.J. (1978). A climbing guide to Colorado‘s Fourteeners. Boulder, CO: Pruett Publishing Company. Eberhart, P., & Schmuck, P. (1970). The Fourteeners: Colorado‘s great mountains. Chicago: The Swallow Press. Hart, J.L.J. (1977). Fourteen thousand feet: A history of the naming and early ascents of the high Colorado peaks (Second Edition). Denver, CO: The Colorado Mountain Club. Simmons, V.M. (2005). Naming the Indian group of the Sawatch Range. Colorado Central Magazine, June issue. [See http://cozine.com/2005-june/naming-the-indian-group-of-the-sawatch-range/]

One of three 14ers in the "Indian group" of the southern Sawatch Range (along with Mt. Shavano and Tabeguache Peak), Mt. Antero was named for the peace-keeping chief of the Utah-based Uintah band of Utes, who is also the likely namesake of Antero Junction and Antero Reservoir in South Park and of the similarly named Antora Peak (13,266), Antora Creek, and Antora Mine. Chief Antero was a proponent of peace between the Utes and the white settlers during the uprisings of the late 1860‘s and 1870‘s. And he also signed the Brunot Treaty between the Utes and the U.S. Commissioner in 1873, giving most of the San Juan Mountains in southwest Colorado to the whites.

Antero was sometimes called Graceful Walker or Chief White Eye due to blindness in one eye. Antero was a peaceful leader who received special attention from John Wesley Powell, who used him as a source for ethnological studies including photographs by Jack Hillers in 1873 or 1874, that made Antero a symbol for "good Indians." Images of Chief Antero reveal a man who appeared confident, agreeable, and strong as he approached old age. Mt. Antero first appeared in the 1870 atlas of the Hayden U.S. Government Survey, although they did not mention it in any of their reports.

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