Peak Above Draper Gets New Name

Peak Above Draper Gets New Name

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DRAPER, Utah (AP) -- Residents of Draper know it as "Baldy" or "Bald Mountain." But now the 9,322-foot-high mountain in Salt Lake County has a new name: Enniss Peak.

The United States Geological Survey recently bestowed the name on the prominent pinnacle, honoring John and Elisabeth Enniss and their descendants -- one of the 20 original families who settled Draper in 1851 and who lived at the base of the mountain.

A new city monument was unveiled Saturday at Draper's Historical Park, honoring the pioneer heritage of the Enniss family and noting the mountain peak's name.

The peak is part of a long ridge at the top of Cherry Canyon that most hikers to Lone Peak use to access that higher, 11,253-foot summit. However, the Enniss Peak adds a name to a nearly four-mile section of the Wasatch Mountains that has no official names.

A bronze marker will be placed on the top of the peak Aug. 2 that states: "Enniss Peak, named in honor of the Enniss family, pioneers of 1851, who contributed greatly to the city of Draper."

It was Enid Enniss, 61, great-granddaughter of John and Elisabeth Enniss, who undertook a yearlong effort to put a name on the peak.

After reading an Aug. 2, 2001, Deseret News article about Salt Lake County's mountains, Enniss found that the peak above her childhood home was listed as "unnamed." She called the USGS to ask about the process of naming the mountain.

Not many new names are approved by the USGS, because most geographical features are already named and the naming process can be complicated.

Just ask Enniss, who had to get approval from seven other groups besides the USGS: Utah State Board on Geographic Names, the U.S. Forest Service, three Indian tribes, Salt Lake County and the city of Draper.

"I didn't know it would be so hard," Enniss said.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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