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To find places in the US, query the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) database. Mountains are summits, rivers are streams, passes are gaps. Choosing the state and county will speed up the search. GNIS reports sometimes have information on how the place got it's name. Once you find the spot, use the GNIS in Google maps link to see if it makes sense. GNIS coordinates are sometimes wrong and elevation data is better than nothing, but can be way off for a mountain summit.

A benchmark or triangulation point on top of a mountain is the best source for elevation, try searching for NGS datasheets. Start with the USGS quad name from GNIS. If the quad name is similar to "McCurdy Mountain", try searching for "Mc Curdy Mountain". Benchmarks names are often the same as the mountain, but not always. Second best place to find elevation data for mountains is on Peakbagger.

When you enter coordinates into a Wikipedia template, use degrees, minutes, seconds to the nearest second at most, don't be over precise.

To find the coordinates of a place you can find on a map, use Google Maps with crosshair.

Handy tool for converting Lat Long to or from UTM. [1]


If you are creating an article for a property listed on the National Register of Historic Places, use this tool.[2] to get started. The tool will create an article outline with and infobox that can be pasted into your sandbox for more work.


Dead tree editions I have used as references:

  • Colorado Atlas & Gazetteer (Third ed.). Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. 1997. ISBN 0-89933-206-4. 
  • Halka Chronic (1980). Roadside Geology of Colorado. Missoula Montana: Mountain Press Publishing Co. ISBN 0-87842-105-X. 

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