Kitchi Mountain

Mary L. Jobe submitted the name “Kitchi” to the Geographic Board of Canada in April 1915, to apply to the very high mountain just south of this location. In her article in the 1914 Canadian Alpine Journal, she wrote that “Kitchi on the Cree Indian language means “Great,” “Mighty.”

The Geographic Board adopted the name Kitchi Mountain for the very high mountain in September 1915, and Mary Jobe’s article: ”Mt. Kitchi, A New Peak in the Canadian Rockies” was published in the Bulletin of the American Geographical Society, Vol XLVII, No. 7, 1915, pp 481-497. The following September, the Board was persuaded by climber Samuel Prescott Fay, associated with New York’s Museum of Natural History, to reverse their decision and adopt his recommendation — Mount Sir Mackenzie.

To perpetuate the name Kitchi, Mr. A.J. Campbell, BCLS, has placed it on this mountain to the north, as shown on his 1929 survey plan 10T264, McGregor River area.

References:

  • Fay, Samuel Prescott [1884–1971]. The Forgotten Explorer: Samuel Prescott Fay’s 1914 Expedition to the Northern Rockies. Victoria, B.C.: Rocky Mountain Books, 2009
  • Jobe, Mary Lenore [1878–1966]. “The expedition to ‘Mt. Kitchi:’ A new peak in the Canadian Rockies.” Canadian Alpine Journal, Vol. 6 (1914–1915):135-143. Alpine Club of Canada
  • Jobe, Mary Lenore [1878–1966]. “Mt. Kitchi: A New Peak in the Canadian Rockies.” Bulletin of the American Geographical Society, Volume 47, No. 7 (1915):481-497. JSTOR
  • British Columbia Geographical Names. Kitchi Mountain

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