Pipestone Mountain
2971m (9750ft.)

Located at the head of the Red Deer River and the head of Little Pipestone Creek. Banff Park, Alberta
Latitude 51; 33; 50 Longitude 116; 03; 00, Topo map 82N/09


Naming: The mountain is said to have taken its name from the Pipestone River and Pipestone Pass and. At the head of the river, green and red shale was soft enough for the Indians to make pipes out of it. Official name. Other names Mount Macoun


Other Information

The Pipestone River and pass were named by James Hector who crossed the pass in 1859. Although the southwestern slopes of this mountain drain into Little Pipestone Creek, it is not known why this mountain came to have the name Pipestone Mountain.

The mountain is named Mount Macoun on George Dawson's 1886 map. John Macoun began his career as the botanist in a Geological Survey of Canada field party in 1875. His careful work in the west influenced the route of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Macoun's duty was to study Canada's plants, but he also collected fossils and was with T.C. Weston during the dinosaur discoveries of 1884 (GSC 31874).

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