Rainbow Range

British Columbia. Range (2)
NW of Moose Lake
53°03’00” N 119°03’00” W — Map 83E/3 — GoogleGeoHack
Earliest known reference to this name is 1900 (McEvoy).
Official in BC

This range around and including Mount Robson was named in 1898 by surveyor James McEvoy, who wrote, “Viewed from a distance these mountains have a gorgeous appearance of red and yellow and hence the name given.” The name appears on his 1900 map.

“The Moose River flows from the heart of this range, of which Mount Robson is the king pin,” wrote Arthur Oliver Wheeler after his 1911 expedition. “The mountains are formed of rocks showing brilliant colours of crimson, red, and yellow, and these, mingled with the blues and greens of Nature’s everyday garb, present from distant points a highly prismatic effect that has given rise to the name.”

References:

  • McEvoy, James [1862–1935]. Report on the geology and natural resources of the country traversed by the Yellowhead Pass route from Edmonton to Tête Jaune Cache comprising portions of Alberta and British Columbia. Ottawa: Geological Survey of Canada, 1900. Natural Resources Canada
  • McEvoy, James [1862–1935]. “Map Showing Yellowhead Pass Route From Edmonton To Tête-Jaune Cache.” (1900). Natural Resources Canada
  • Wheeler, Arthur Oliver [1860-1945 ]. “The mountains of the Yellowhead Pass.” Alpine Journal, Vol. 26, No.198 (1912):382
  • Wheeler, Arthur Oliver [1860-1945]. “Topographical Map Showing Mount Robson and Mountains of the Continental Divide North of Yellowhead Pass to accompany the Report of the Alpine Club of Canada’s Expedition 1911. From Photographic Surveys by Arthur O. Wheeler; A.C.C. Director.” Canadian Alpine Journal, Vol. 4 (1912):8-81. Victoria Library, University of Toronto

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