Officials support naming mountain peaks after historic past
KENAI, Alaska (AP) — Two residents proposed naming a pair of Alaska mountain peaks east of Seward for figures of the city’s past.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly last week approved a resolution supporting the proposal to name two mountains across Resurrection Bay, Mount Mary and Santa Ana Peak, the Peninsula Clarion reported .
The proposal came from Seward residents and mountaineers, Daniel Michaud and Harold Faust.
“As it turns out, there are many fine mountains and a lot of them don’t have any names,” Faust said. “It can get confusing, so we’ve got a habit of creating names for some of our exploring.”
The Mount Mary name honors Mary Lowell, a pioneer woman in the early 19th century in Seward. She was the mother of Alice Lowell, whom Mount Alice is named for, and of Eva Lowell, whom Mount Eva is named for, Faust said. The Lowells were among the earliest American settlers of the Seward area.
Santa Ana Peak would be named for a ship that arrived in Seward in 1903, bearing many of the original residents to build the railroad.
Michaud told the assembly that naming the peaks could make navigation and possibly rescue easier.
The proposal now goes to the Alaska Historical Commission, which must approve it and forward the request to the U.S. Board of Geographic Names for final approval.
Information from: (Kenai, Alaska) Peninsula Clarion, http://www.peninsulaclarion.com