Unique Gifts Commemorating the World's Most Spectacular Places

Harvard Paperweight
  • Harvard Paperweight
  • 3 1/4 inch diameter
  • Cast in fine pewter
  • Felt backing
  • With soft fleece pouch
  • In clear-vinyl covered box
Place Name: Mount Harvard
Elevation: 14,420 ft.
Coordinates: N38° 55' 28'' W106° 19' 12''
Location: Sawatch Range, Colorado, USA
MarkerSleuth Photo Contributor: No Station Found
The naming of a set of peaks in the Sawatch Range dominates their stories. In 1865, Professor Josiah Dwight Whitney, a graduate of Yale University and former director of the California Geological Survey, accepted a position with Harvard. In 1869 he led the first class of the Harvard Mining School on an exploration of the Sawatch Range. He named two notable peaks at the time--Mount Harvard, after the sponsoring institution and Mount Yale after Whitney's alma mater. This set the precedent for naming peaks in this range after universities and inspired collegiate rivalries.