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is the highest summit
of the Rocky Mountains
of North America
and the highest point in the U.S. state
and the entire Mississippi River drainage basin
. The ultra-prominent
14,440-foot (4401.2 m) fourteener
is the highest peak in the Sawatch Range
and the second-highest summit in the contiguous United States
after Mount Whitney
. Mount Elbert is located in San Isabel National Forest
, 12.1 miles (19.4 km) southwest (bearing
223°) of the City of Leadville
in Lake County, Colorado
The mountain was named in honor of Colorado statesman Samuel Hitt Elbert
, who was active in the formative period of the state and Governor
of the Territory of Colorado
from 1873 to 1874. Henry W. Stuckle of the Hayden Survey
was the first to record an ascent of the peak, in 1874. The easiest and most popular climbing routes are categorized as Class 1 to 2
or A+ in mountaineering
parlance. Mount Elbert is therefore often referred to as the "gentle giant" that tops all others in the Rocky Mountains.
The model is created at a scale of 1:52,000 with 1.5x vertical exaggeration. It features a built-in base, so it sits perfectly on a desk or in a frame.
Model Data Sources: USDA, USGS