3 1/4 inch diameter
Cast in fine pewter
With soft fleece pouch
In clear-vinyl covered box
PLACE NAME: Mount Yale
ELEVATION: 14,196 ft.
COORDINATES: N38 50' 39'' W106 14' 31''
LOCATION: Sawatch Range, Colorado, USA
MARKERSLEUTH PHOTO CONTRIBUTOR: None
The naming of a set of peaks in the Sawatch Range dominates their stories. In 1865, Professor Josiah Dwight Whitney, a graduate of Yale University and former director of the California Geological Survey, accepted a position with Harvard. In 1869 he led the first class of the Harvard Mining School on an exploration of the Sawatch Range. He named two notable peaks at the time--Mount Harvard, after the sponsoring institution and Mount Yale after Whitney's alma mater. This set the precedent for naming peaks in this range after universities and inspired collegiate rivalries.