Monday, November 23, 2009

Colorado's Mountain of the Holy Cross

I'm sure you have heard some say that our country has very little religious influence in its history. But it is hard to look at historic exhibits in places like the Smithsonian Institute and believe that our citizens didn't have a strong thread of Judeo-Christian thought.

Look at a famous mountain in Colorado. This is part of a collection in the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Description and photo below courtesy of the Smithsonian's website. Notice that the mountain was named for the Holy Cross of Jesus. Why didn't these "non-religious" people call it the Mountain of the Giant T?

...One such photographer was William Henry Jackson, a member of the United States Geological and Geographic Survey of the Territories from 1870 to 1878. The photographs that Jackson brought back to the East helped to introduce much of the population to the existence and phenomena of the western landscape, and helped to shape public perception as well as governmental policies surrounding the region.

One of Jackson's most enduring and iconic images is his photograph of the 14,000-foot Mountain of the Holy Cross, located in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. The mountain was already a legend when Jackson photographed it, because of the snow-filled cross that appeared on its eastern face when weather conditions permitted. His struggle to actually locate and get the photograph—including an arduous trek up a mountainside carrying hundreds of pounds of equipment without the benefit of pack animals, and a night spent exposed to the high altitude air in order to be in the right place when the sun rose—only added to the status of the mountain after the image was published.

Read the whole story on the Smithsonian website.

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