National Geographic : 1901 Aug
MOUNT McKINLEY M T.McKINLEY, ' with an altitude of 20,464 feet, MT MC.KNL EY : is the highest mountain in North America, and 63 forms the central point of an enormous and sur passingly grand moun tain mass, situated at \ the headwaters of the Sushitna and Kuskok wim Rivers, in Alaska. The range is a portion of the Cordilleran system of North America, which follows in a general way the contour of the west "*, coast of the continent " through Alaska and down the Alaskan peninsula. The mountain group is extremely rugged and is covered with snow and ice to within 2,000 or 2,500 feet of sea-level. Down the sides of the mountains flow many gla ciers; one which flows off to the northeast is be- / tween 20 to 30 miles in length and six and eight . O miles in breadth, and ex tends to the Chulitna River, a branch of the Shushitna forming the chief source of water sup ply of that stream. The Chulitna River at the base of the mountains has an altitude of only about 500 feet, showing a descent of 20,000 feet in the 30 miles between the summit of LET the mountain and the 1 river. O Mt. McKinley was 0 known to the Russians settled about the head of Cook Inlet nearly 1oo years ago, and was called ''