Mono Jim Peak, near Convict Lake, Mono County California, 373420N, 1185111W, 10669 feet
It's not every day you get to do something special for someone in history and very few know it was you. My chance came in 1978 when I was a naturalist with the Forest Service at Mammoth Lakes. I gave weekly walks at Convict Lake and told the story of how a group of convicts escaped from a Reno prison and were chased by several groups of people. The final group being led by Robert Morrison of Benton and being guided by a local Paiute named Mono Jim. Both Morrison and Mono Jim along with some of the convicts were killed in the final shootout. Morrison had a mountain named after him but not Mono Jim. I discovered that there was an unnamed peak on the shores of Convict Lake and I petitioned the US Board of Geographic Names to name the peak Mono Jim Peak. In order to name a geographic entity after a person they have to be dead and associated historically with the place. I felt that I had met that criteria and through a lengthy process, which included getting an okay by the local Paiutes, in 1987 I finally received a letter that said yes they would name the peak Mono Jim Peak. So here's a shot of Mono Jim Peak!
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