National Geographic : 1916 Mar
Photograph by George Vaux, Jr. RISING MISTS IN THE VALLEY OF THE KICKING HORSE RIVER, FIELD, BRITISH COLUMBIA The shoulder of Mount Stephen on the right. Kicking Horse River was so named in 1858 by Sir James Hector, one ofthe foremost explorers of the Canadian Rockies, who, while journeying down the valley of the Beaverfoot River, arrived atitsjunction with alarge and unknown river. Owing to a serious accident which occurred at this point and nearly cost him his life, due to a horsefalling and kicking him, the newly discovered river was named "Kicking Horse" to commemorate the incident.