Mount Ratz

Feature Type:Mount - Variation of Mountain: Mass of land prominently elevated above the surrounding terrain, bounded by steep slopes and rising to a summit and/or peaks. ["Mount" preceding the name usually indicates that the feature is named after a person.]
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Inside BC-Alaska boundary at head of Triumph Glacier, SW of junction of Chutine and Stikine Rivers, SW of Telegraph Creek (community), Cassiar Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 57°23'35''N, 132°18'12''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 104F/8

Origin Notes and History:

Mount Ratz adopted in the 18th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 31 March 1924, as submitted in June 1922 by J.D. Craig, International Boundary Commission. Elevation 10,290 feet. Mount Ratz confirmed 5 February 1945 on 104SE and 10 September 1953 on 104F, not "Ratz Mountain" as incorrectly identified in the 1930 BC Gazetteer.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

After William F. Ratz, DLS, and engineer-in-charge of the Taku, Whiting and Stikine Rivers portions of the International Boundary Survey, 1905-8.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

"I regret to have to record the death of Mr. W.F. Ratz which occurred in Ottawa on February 6. Mr. Ratz had been employed on the Alaska survey since 1905. He carried out demarcation of the line at [Tsirku] river (Chilkat district), and in part between Taku inlet and Whiting river. During the last two years he was engaged on the topographical survey between Whiting and Stikine rivers, not the least difficult section of a very difficult survey. His success in carrying this to completion in a relatively short time is a testimony of his capability as a surveyor as well as to his personal energy. His death, at the early age of 25, is a serious loss to the profession and to the public service." (Report of the Chief Astronomer to the Deputy Minister of the Interior, Canada, for the year ending March 31, 1909, p.17; republished in Report of the International Boundary Commission, 1952, footnote p.79.)

Source: included with note