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Beautiful Pacific Northwest landscape featuring Mt. Baker.
The smell of pine trees, fresh air, eagles flying overhead, Mt. Baker and beautiful country scenes are some of the elements that create this special place.
Mt. Baker is located in Whatcom County, Washington State, United States.
Mt. Baker is a 10,778 - ft., snow-covered peak, 27 miles east of Bellingham at the headwaters of the Nooksack and Baker rivers, central Whatcom County. The mountain supports 12 glaciers and 44 sq. miles of ice fields. On April 30, 1792, the name was chosen by Capt. George Vancouver for one of his officers who discovered the peak, 3rd Lieut. Joseph Baker. A number of other names had been previously used by Indians and explorers.
Koma-Kulshan Nooksack Indian name meaning White, shining, steep mountain.
Koma-Kulshan Lummi Indian name meaning Shot at the point or The place that was pierced. Referring to an eruption that shattered the once conical peak of this volcano. According to historic records, an Indian had seen fires on Mt. Baker in 1820, and a tradition of his race is to the effect that this mountain was formerly much higher and that a tremendous explosion threw down the entire south side. Eruptions had covered the whole country with ashes and all the fish died and the country was on fire for miles around.
Quck-sman-ik is a Nooksack Indian name meaning White Rock.
P-kowitz is a Clallam Indian name meaning White Mountain.
Ko-ma-el is a Skagit Indian name.
Gran Montana de Carmelo, Mt. Baker was named by Ensign Manual Quimper of the Spanish Navy in 1790 for a resemblance to the white robes of Carmilite monks. Poetically translates to Great White Watcher.
Kulshan is a Skagit Indian name meaning, Foot that has been frozen.
Mt. Baker was active six times between 1843 and 1880 - and today, 2012, occasionally sends up plumes of steam.
Whatcom County This county in northwest Washington is bounded on the north by British Columbia; on the east by Okanogan County; on the south by Skagit County; and on the west by Puget Sound. It contains 2,151 square miles. On March 9, 1854, the county was created by the Territorial Legislature from a portion of Island County. Township government exists in 25 townships. The name derives from the Lummi Indian word What-coom, meaning �noisy, rumbling water,� as applied to Whatcom Falls located near the waterfront, within the city of Bellingham. From older Lummi dialect pronunciation, the name should be spelled N-wh-ah-tk-hm
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