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Name History (Mt. Democrat)
Title: Naming of Mt. Democrat
Entered by: 14erFred
Added: 05/14/2010, Last Updated: 05/14/2010
Sources: 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.
The mountain was originally called Buckskin Peak, after the rip-roaring Buckskin Joe mining camp just northwest of Fairplay. However, it was renamed Democrat by a group of rebellious southern miners during the Civil War, as a statement of political protest against Republican Abraham Lincoln. The name Democrat first appears on the map of the Land Office Survey of 1883.