Mount Hooker

Mount. Alberta-BC boundary: Near Athabasca Pass
52°24’00” N 118°07’00” W — Map 83D/8 — GoogleGeoHack
Earliest known reference to this name is 1827 (David Thompson).
Name officially adopted in 1928. Official in BCCanada
William Jackson Hooker

William Jackson Hooker

This mountain overlooking the Athabasca Pass was named in 1827 by David Douglas, “in honor of my early patron, the Professor of Botany in the University of Glasgow.”

Professor Sir William Jackson Hooker (1785–1865) became Director of the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, in 1841. Douglas’s estimate of the height of the mountain, about 16,000 feet (4880 m) , was reduced to 9,000 feet (2740 m) in 1893 by Arthur Coleman.

This name appears on B.C. Surveyor General Joseph Trutch’s 1871 map of British Columbia.

References:

  • Trutch, Joseph William [1826–1904]. Map of British Columbia to the 56th Parallel North Latitude. Victoria, B.C.: Lands and Works Office, 1871. University of Victoria
  • Stutfield, Hugh E.M. and Collie, J. Norman. Climbs and Explorations in the Canadian Rockies. London: Longmans, Green, 1903
  • Coleman, Arthur Philemon [1852-1939]. The Canadian Rockies: new and old trails. London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1911. Internet Archive

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