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20F Shay Mountain

Location: San Bernardino County, California

Named by the USFS. Russ Leadabrand states in his Guidebook to the San Bernardino Mountains that it was for USFS Ranger Art Shay. Big Bear historian Tom Core agrees. Retired USFS Ranger George Kenline adds that Art Shay was one of the first to be hired by the old "Forestry Bureau" (1903), and that he was long posted at the old Coxey Ranger Station, which was once located in a meadow 2.0 miles northwest of this peak.

Alternatively, Pauliena LaFuze cites Will Shay, an early pioneer miner and founder of the Shay and Barker cattle ranch (1906).

It could even be for Will A. Shay, the County Sheriff during the Prohibition era who was famous for his many raids on illegal Big Bear stills.

John Robinson contends it could have equally been named for any of the Shay Family's many branches, all of which have contributed much to the Big Bear area.

Name first apperas on USFS San Bernardino National Forest map (1941).

Peak was on the original 1946 HPS Peak List.


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