Mount St. Helens Named for British Diplomat

on April 8, 2001

Mount St. Helens, whose May 18, 1980, eruption was one of North America’s largest volcanic explosions, is named for British diplomat Alleyene Fitzherbert (1753-1839) whose title was Baron St. Helens. Comdr. George Vancouver and the other officers on the H.M.S. Discovery named the peak while they were surveying the area from 1792 to 1794.

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