More Information (Mt. Princeton)
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Added: 08/29/2020, Last Updated: 08/29/2020
Name History (Mt. Princeton)
Title: Naming of Mt. Princeton
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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. 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.
This mountain is one of a group of five Collegiate Peak 14ers in the south central Sawatch Range of the Colorado Rockies that also includes Harvard, Yale, Columbia, and Oxford. On the south slope of Mount Princeton is a series of bluffs known as the Chalk Cliffs. The cliffs are not actually chalk, but rather crumbling quartz monzonite. The white cliffs inspired the Wheeler Geological Survey to give the mountain its original name, "Chalk Mountain." It is believed that the surveyor Henry Gannett named the mountain Mount Princeton sometime before 1873 (Hart, 1977, p. 19).