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16B Wright Mountain

Location: San Bernardino County, California

Named, according to Francis Yarnll, the Honorary Mayor of Wrightwood, for Sumner Banks Wright (1866-1943), who fell in love at first sight with the Swarthout Valley below this mountain (1890). He then purchased much of this land and transformed it into apple orchards and the Circle Mountain cattle ranch. He later subdivided his property and became known as the "Father of Wrightwood" (1924).

The Angeles Crest Highway was declared complete when it reached Wrightwood (1956).

Recent studies by Cal Tech seismologists indicate that major earthquakes have devastated this area on the average of once every 100 years---the last one occurred in 1857.

The name Wright Mountain has come and gone from various maps over the years-before reappearing on USFS San Bernardino N.F. map (1959).

Name first appears on USFS Angeles National Forest map (1920).

Peak was on the original 1946 HPS Peak List. Weldon Heald climbed this peak in 1935.


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