Mount Ross Cox

Alberta-BC boundary. Mount
N of Hooker Icefield
52.4586 N 118.0181 W — Map 083D08 — GoogleGeoHack
Name officially adopted in 1921
Official in BCCanada

Ross Cox [1793–1853] was an Irish clerk in the Pacific Fur Company and the North West Company, later writing of his experiences. Cox was born in Ireland and emigrated to America in 1811, becoming a clerk in the Pacific Fur Company. He arrived in Fort Astoria in 1812, the primary station of the PFC. Due to the War of 1812 the company was liquidated and sold to the North West Company in 1813. He then became a clerk with the North West Company, but he retired 1817, crossing the Athabasca Pass. Cox returned to Ireland. He became the Irish correspondent for the London Morning Herald as well as a clerk in the Dublin police office. He married Hannah Cumming in 1819, and had several children. He died in Dublin.

Cox’s Adventures on the Columbia River (London, 1831) is one of the most important documents relating to the later history of the North West Company.


  • Cox, Ross [1793–1853]. Adventures on the Columbia River, including the narrative of a residence of six years on the western side of the Rocky Mountains, among various tribes of Indians hitherto unknown: together with a journey across the American continent. 1831. University of British Columbia Library
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