Utsayantha Mountain

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Utsayantha Mountain
Mount Utsayantha Observatory.JPG
Utsayantha Mountain Observation Station
Highest point
Elevation3,209 feet (978 m)
Prominence534 ft (163 m)[1]
ListingCatskill Top 102 #62
Coordinates42°23′57″N 74°35′23″W / 42.39917°N 74.58972°W / 42.39917; -74.58972Coordinates: 42°23′57″N 74°35′23″W / 42.39917°N 74.58972°W / 42.39917; -74.58972[2]
Utsayantha Mountain is located in New York
Utsayantha Mountain
Utsayantha Mountain
Location of Utsayantha Mountain within New York
Utsayantha Mountain is located in the United States
Utsayantha Mountain
Utsayantha Mountain
Utsayantha Mountain (the United States)
LocationStamford, New York, U.S.
Parent rangeCatskill Mountains
Topo mapUSGS Stamford

Utsayantha Mountain is a mountain located in the Catskill Mountains of New York east-southeast of Stamford. Variant names include Utsayanthe Mountain, Utsayanthia Mountain, Utsayantho Mountain, and Utsyantha Mountain. McGregor Mountain is located southeast of Utsayantha Mountain and Churchill Mountain is located southwest.


Utsayantha Mountain is named after Utsayantha, the daughter of Chief Ubiwacha. Chief Ubiwacha was the chief of the Lenape Indians. Utsayantha drowned herself in the nearby Utsayantha Lake after seeing her son drowned in the lake. In 1862 a grave was discovered on the mountain, that was believed to be the grave of Utsayantha. The identity of the person in the grave still remains unproven to this day.

Fire tower[edit]

Utsayantha Mountain Fire Tower

In 1889, a prominent citizen who lived in the village of Stamford purchased 20 acres (0.031 sq mi) on the top of Utsayantha Mountain. After purchasing the land he built a four-story observation house and deeded the property to the town as a park for public use. In 1934 the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation built a 60-foot-tall (18 m) tower on the peak that was built by the Aermotor Corporation. The tower is still maintained and open to the public.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Utsayantha Mountain, New York". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Utsayantha Mountain". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  3. ^ "Utsayantha Mountain Fire Tower". nhlr.org. National Historic Lookout Register. 2019. Retrieved 2 July 2019. data