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25I Kitching Peak

Location: Riverside County, California

Named for Ammon Platt Kitching, a wealthy Boston wool merchant. Engineer Frank Elwood Brown interested Kitching in his plan to finance a Dam in Bear Valley. Brown later built the first dam (1885-1912) which harnessed the water that helped develop the Redlands area and created an 1800 acre Big Bear Lake. Kitching became general manager of the Bear Valley Irrigation Company that Brown put together in a whirlwind 20 day period after he had acquired an option on the most promising land for his dam. Brown named the peak after him in gratitude.

Name first appears on Beasleys Map of San Bernardino County (1891).

Peak was on the original 1946 HPS Peak List. Weldon Heald climbed this peak in 1942.

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