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 Information Entries for Mt. Evans and Name History

Name History (Mt. Evans)



Title: Naming of Mt. Evans

Entered by: 14erFred

Added: 05/14/2010, Last Updated: 05/14/2010

Sources: Borneman, W.R., & Lampert, L.J. (1978). A climbing guide to Colorado's Fourteeners. Boulder, CO: Pruett Publishing Company. Colorado Mountain Club Foundation. (2010). The Colorado 14ers: The Standard Routes. Golden, CO: The Colorado Mountain Club 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.

The peak was first named Mt. Rosalie in 1863 by renowned western landscape painter, Albert Bierstadt, in honor of his wife. But during a celebration in Greeley, Colorado in 1870, Mt. Rosalie was unofficially renamed Mt. Evans in honor of the second territorial Colorado Governor, John Evans (March 9, 1814 July 2, 1897). Evans was the father-in-law of Samuel Hitt Elbert, for whom Mt. Elbert was named. In 1895, the Colorado State legislature officially named the mountain in honor of Evans on his 81st birthday. Evans is best known as founder of the town of Evanston, Illinois, Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), and the University of Denver.
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