Mount Bowlen

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.]
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: On BC-Alberta boundary, N side Kootenay National Park, E of Golden, Kootenay Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 51°18'06''N, 116°11'22''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 82N/8

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 6 March 1958 by British Columbia, to conform to the official name as used in Alberta (previously adopted in Alberta when it was understood that the summit was entirely within Alberta, elevation 10,038 feet, as shown on BC-Alberta boundary sheet 15, 1916). Large scale mapping has since confirmed that the BC-Alberta boundary runs through this peak, elevation 10,048 feet.

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

After the Honourable John J. Bowlen (1876 - ), Lieutenant-Governor of Alberta when the feature was named. Pioneer rancher and farmer, represented Calgary in the Alberta Legislature, 1931-44. Leader of the Opposition for two years [dates not cited]. Appointed to the Board of Governors, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 1947 - the first westerner to be appointed to an executive position with CBC. Appointed Lieutenant-Governor of Alberta 1 February 1950; re-appointed in 1955.

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