Tuesday, November 13, 2007


This Day in Local History

On this day in 1806, Lieutenant Zebulon Montgomery Pike sighted the just over 14,100 foot mountain which now bears his name, during an expedition to locate the source of the Red and Arkansas Rivers in Colorado. He tried to climb the mountain but failed due to deep snow. So how did he get his name of a peak he never climbed? Early wussification. Pike was captured by Spanish authorities in Santa Fe. Released, he fought at Tippecanoe and was killed in 1813 by blast debris outside York (now Toronto) when retreating British blew up their ammunition stores. Maybe not the most distinguished military career ever.


the thing is, I have never run across anyone else named Zebulon, although Wikipedia lists about 6.

It's a perfectly good name but not popular.
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