Mount Hooker

Alberta-BC boundary. Mount
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.

The name appear on the 1859 Arrowsmith map and the 1871 Trutch map.

References:

  • David Douglas [1799–1834]. Journal kept by David Douglas during his travels in North America 1823-1827, together with a particular description of thirty-three species of American oaks and eighteen species of Pinus, with appendices containing a list of the plants introduced by Douglas and an account of his death in 1834. Royal Horticultural Society, 1914. Internet Archive
  • Arrowsmith, John [1790–1873]. Provinces of British Columbia and Vancouver Island; with portions of the United States and Hudson’s Bay Territories. 1859. UVic
  • 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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