|Information Entries for Mt. Belford|
Geology (Mt. Belford)
Title: Rock Types
Entered by: shredthegnar10
Added: 06/25/2010, Last Updated: 06/25/2010
Gneiss (the rocks with light and dark layers)
Granite (fine to medium-grained, often containing quartz veins)
Name History (Mt. Belford)
Title: Naming of Mt. Belford
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. Eberhart, P., & Schmuck, P. (1970). The Fourteeners: Colorado's great mountains. Chicago: The Swallow Press.
This peak was named by unknown miners for James Burns Belford (September 28, 1837 – January 10, 1910), an associate justice of the supreme court of Colorado and Colorado's first U.S. congressman. Belford was a strong and vocal advocate of the free coinage of silver, and his bright red hair, fiery speeches, and flamboyant persona earned him the nickname of the "Red-Headed Rooster of the Rockies." Evidently, the local miners associated Belford's name with the reddish outcropping of rock on the summit of the mountain. Belford is buried in Riverside Cemetery in Denver.