Uncompahgre Peak has a name of ,great antiquity, wttYmtt doubt transferred from the Uncompahgre River. Mr. Douglas, Secretary of the Geographic Board of Canada writes:" "The majority of the Indian names were not applied to the peaks but were given originally to the other features, such as rivers, that had more influence on their daily life. The transference of the name of the river to that of a peak is in consonance with natural prin- ciples. Martonne, in his investigation of names in the Southern Carpathians, found that while we are accustomed to base nomenclature on the summits, the peasants bestow names first on the valleys. A mountain crest had, as a rule, different names in the valleys which it separates. It is entirely good practice, then, to extend the use of a name to an entirely different feature related to it .... It also obviates the multiplication of names." The river was crossed by Escalante and Dominguez in 1776, who mentioned it as the Ancapagari and named it the Rio San Francisco. The former name was too much in use to be changed, it seems, for Beckwith in 1853 puts it on his map as the Un-com-pah-gre. The mountains at the head 'of the river were called the Uncompahgre Mountains, and before the Surveys the name found its resting place on the highest peak. The word (in Ute) means hot (unca) water (pah) spring (gre). Here is a description' of the vi rom Engineer Mt. in 1873b3 which _--"__.. ". -l_7.. r9R. Douglas, Notes on ountam omen( as anan Alpine journal, 1919, p. . "Henry Gannett, U. S. G. S., Bulletin 258. mE. H. Ruffner, Reconaissance in the Ute Country, 43rd Congress, 1st Session, House of Representatives, Executives Document 193, p. 24. _
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