Giants Steps, Banff National Park, c:1893-1897
Catalog #: giants-steps-001
Steps, Banff National Park.
Photographer: Walter D. Wilcox (American
Mountaineer, Photographer and Author of "The Rockies of
Canada", published 1903. Born in Chicago, IL,
Wilcox was a Yale University graduate.
Description: Vintage photograph (silver
print) in original wood frame and glass. Image size
approx 30 inches wide x 36 inches tall.
Remarks: This image appears in
Walter D. Wilcox's book "The Rockies of Canada", 1909,
Signed: Original brass identification plaque on
frame. Photo might be signed on the reverse, but I have
never risked unframing it to check.
Image size: 30"Wide x 36" Tall
Framed: Original hardwood frame, glass and
Additional Research and Provenance. This
image once hung in Montreal's Windsor Station (Canadian
In 1894, Walter D. Wilcox named Fairview Mountain
(2744 m - 9003 ft - Latitude 51; 24; 00 Longitude 116;
13; 20), located in the Bow River Valley 1 km south of
Lake Louise, Banff Park, Alberta, Canada.
The name "Fairview" refers to the panoramic view,
from the summit of Castle Junction, Chateau Lake Louise
and the Upper Bow Valley.
He also named
Deltaform Mountain (3424 m) and
Mount Wilcox (2884m - 9,373ft.), in the Columbia
Icefields, Jasper National Park, and Wilcox Pass were
named in honor of Walter D. Wilcox.
An original member of
the Alpine Club of Canada (1906), Wilcox was awarded
(in 1909) Honorary Membership, for "extraordinary
activities in Canadian mountaineering".
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