Friday, March 6, 2009

Banff National Park, Alberta: Castle Mountain

James Hector is said to have taken a look at this mountain in Banff National Park in 1858, decided it looked like a castle, and named it Castle Mountain. Everyone thought that was a fine idea ... until 1946, when General Eisenhower was coming for a visit. Someone thought it would be nice to honor the general, fresh out of World War II, to name the mountain after him in gratitude. While Ike no doubt appreciated the gesture, the locals were less than moved. It took more than 30 years, but Castle Mountain eventually became Castle Mountain again. One of the peaks was named after Eisenhower as a compromise.

Hector was right. It does look like a castle.

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