How the San Juan Mountain Peaks Got Their Names
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MOUNTAIN MAJESTY – Ouray County Historical Museum Curator Don Paulson discusses how 100 peaks in the San Juan Mountains got their names at the next Evenings of History lecture on Tuesday, June 23. (Courtesy photo)
MOUNTAIN MAJESTY – Ouray County Historical Museum Curator Don Paulson discusses how 100 peaks in the San Juan Mountains got their names at the next Evenings of History lecture on Tuesday, June 23. (Courtesy photo)
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OURAY – Why is Mount Abrams the wrong name for Ouray’s iconic peak? Why is the mountain on the west side of Red Mountain Pass called Trico Peak? How did Mount Sneffels get its name?

Locals and visitors alike have long debated the origins of mountain names in the San Juans. Don Paulson, curator for the Ouray County Historical Museum, will set the record straight at the next Evening of History, “How the Peaks in the San Juan Mountains Got their Names,” Tuesday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ouray Community Center.

Paulson draws from extensive research for his sometimes surprising explanations of the history behind the naming of 100 major peaks. For example, Mount Wilson is not named after President Wilson, as some believe, and a peak near Telluride is named after a British prime minister. Paulson’s presentation, with photos, will focus on the San Juan Mountain peaks around Ouray, Ridgway, Silverton and Telluride.

This presentation is part of the Evenings of History series presented by the Ouray County Historical Society. Admission is free for OCHS members and $5 for non-members. For more information, call the OCHS at 970/325-4576. This Evening of History is sponsored by Joey and Kathy Huddleston.

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