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Place Names of the High Sierra (1926)
by Francis P. Farquhar

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NANCE PEAK (8,436)[Dardanelles]
John Torrence Nance, born in Illinois, 1864; graduated U. S. Military Academy, second lieutenant, 1886; first lieutenant, 1892; captain, 1901; major, 1911; retired 1911; colonel, retired, 1918; professor of military science, University of California, for a number of years.

NEALL LAKE[Yosemite]
John Mitchell Neall, graduated U. S. Military Academy, second lieutenant, 1883; first lieutenant, 1890; captain, 1899; stationed in Yosemite with 4th Cavalry, 1892-1897. (H. C. Benson.)

NEEDHAM MOUNTAIN (12,470)[Kaweah]
Named by W. F. Dean, of Three Rivers, for James Carson Needham, of Modesto, member of Congress from 6th district of California, 1899-1913. (G. W. Stewart.) Accompanied inspection party on trip to Mount Whitney, 1899. (Mount Whitney Club Journal, 1903, I:2, pp. 75-78.)

NELSON[Kaweah]
John H. Nelson, a pioneer of the Tule River region. (Mount Whitney Club Journal, 1903, I:2, pp. 63-64.)

NEVADA FALL[Yosemite]
Discovered by a small squad from Major Savage’s party in Yosemite in 1851. The Indian name was Yo-wy-we, signifying the twist or squirm of the falling water. Bunnell suggested the name Nevada. “The Nevada Fall was so called because it was the nearest to the Sierra Nevada, and because the name was sufficiently indicative of a wintry companion for our spring [Vernal].” “The white, foaming water, as it dashed down Yo-wy-we from the snowy mountains, represented to my mind a vast avalanche of snow.” (Bunnell: Discovery of the Yosemite, 1880, p. 205.)
“‘Nevada’ and ‘Vernal,’ emblems eternal
Of winter and loveliest spring.”
(Bunnell: Discovery of the Yosemite, 1880, p. 11.)

“Yo-wai'yi, Nevada Fall. In this word also we detect the root of awaia [a lake, or body of water].” (Powers: Tribes of California, in Contributions to North American Ethnology, III, 1877, p. 364.)

NORTH DOME (7,530)[Yosemite]
Named by Major Savage’s party in 1851. “The name for the ‘North Dome’ is To-ko-ya, its literal signification ‘The Basket’.” (Bunnell: Discovery of the Yosemite, 1880, p. 212.)

NORTH GUARD (13,304)[Mount Whitney]
The names North Guard and South Guard appear on either side of Mount Brewer on Lieutenant Milton F. Davis’ map of 1896, but not on other maps of that date. Dr. David Starr Jordan says they were not named or climbed by him, although such has been stated. Norman Clyde climbed North Guard, July 12, 1925, but was in doubt as to whether the point he attained was the higher of two nearly the same altitude.

NORTH PALISADE (See Palisades)

NUTTER LAKE[Bridgeport]
Edward Hoit Nutter, born at Healdsburg, California, 1876; A.B., Stanford, 1902; assistant superintendent, Standard Consolidated Mining Co., Bodie, California, 1904; superintendent, 1906; superintendent and engineer of mines, 1906-1911; chief engineer, Minerals Separation, North American Corporation, since 1911; living in Berkeley, California, 1926.

Lake named in 1905 by engineer of Standard Consolidated Mining Co., when making map of Green Creek basin for power development. (E. H. Nutter.)


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