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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Hey, Hesser College and AP: Mount Washington *isn't* the highest peak in the east

Hesser College is changing its name to Mount Washington College, and the AP quotes the interim president as saying the name "tips our hat to our 113-year heritage here in New Hampshire by focusing on the highest peak east of the Mississippi River."

BZZZZZZT - wrong!

Mount Washington is the tallest mountain in the Northeast, but it's not even in the top 10 east of the Mississippi - those are all located at the other end of the Appalachian Range, down in the Black Mountains and Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and Georgia.

Mount Mitchell at 6,684 feet, near Ashesville, N.C., is the tallest, some 400 feet higher than Mount Washington. (Mt. Washington's weather is a lot worse, though.)

Mount Washington can be called the "most prominent peak" east of the Mississippi River as definited by topographic geekery - meaning that it's the highest compared to nearby peaks, or something like that, because the mountain ranges down South have lots of undulating peaks only slightly higher than their neighbors.