Monday, February 14, 2011

Jewel of the West 1882

"A more lovely spot it would be difficult to pick out, as we stood at the door of his ranch; the view of the Rocky Mountains rising up from the plateau reminded me very much of the view of the Alps from the terrace at Berne.  I think, however, that the comparison is in favour of the view that I am now describing, though the hills are of course not so high.  Beginning with Crow's Nest Hill, which gives its name to the pass, it is a curiously roundheaded hill and rises above the pass on the right hand; from this point, running the eye from right to left, comes a bold pyramidal peak [the Frank Slide had yet to occur], after this one or two finely outlined conical heights, and next the Castle Mountain, looking like a rampart, walls with high round towers rising at each angle; next to this, further to the south, is Victoria Peak, also a fine pyramidal hill, until the view ends in the Chief Mountain, with its squareish head, something like that of Ingleborough, in Yorkshire."  From Home to Home, Autumn Wanderings in the North-West, 1881-1884, by Alexander Staveley Hill (1825-1905).