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26? Joshua Peak

Location: San Bernardino County, California

Name appears on the first Heald Lists (1946a, b) with the curious notation "name incomplete" which everywhere else meant that it was a use name given by Heald or Jack Bascom, derived from a named benchmark. It was for an old benchmark that has since been removed-for example most AMS benchmarks (ca. 1935-45) do not meet current USGS standards.

The answer was supplied by Deanne Chatterton of Joshua Tree N.M. who discovered an old record of a "Joshua Peak" (with this same elevation, located at SE Section 15, Township 2S, Range 8E). Ken Schulte, BLM Geologist located it. As it turns out this spot is on the side of Ryan Mountain and not a peak! Heald, or one of his collaborators may have chanced upon this name and likely assumed that it was a summit in Joshua Tree. But upon learning of the error excised it from the List.

Name first appears on AMS Joshua Tree quad (1943).

Peak was on the original 1946 HPS Peak List.

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