National Geographic : 1924 May
oo Photograph by Hugo Brehme ON THE ROAD TO THE PEAK OF ORIZABA, KNOWN TO THE INDIANS AS CITLALTEPETL (MOUNTAIN OFTHE STAR) This volcano, the second highest peak in North America, lifts its crest more than I8,ooo feet above sealevel. One writer hassaid, "Orizaba has what mortals rarely possess united-a warm heart, with a clear, cold head!" Though the mountainisnot very accessible, American officers of General Winfield Scott's army scaled it and planted a flag on its summit in 1848. Long quiescent, Orizaba was reported ineruption two months ago.