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Profiles in Mojave Desert History
Amiel Weeks Whipple1818-1863
American soldier and topographical engineer. Born in Greenwich, Mass. He became (1841) a topographical engineer
in the U.S. army and engaged in surveying the U.S. borders with Canada (1844-49) and Mexico (1849-53).
In 1858 Lieutenant Ives named a mountain range along the west bank of the Colorado River for Amiel W. Whipple. These mountains lie east to west in what is now the Whipple Mountains Wilderness.
Botanist, John Torrie, named the Yucca Whipplei (also called Our Lord's Candle) in honor of Whipple.
Fort Whipple - Prescott, Az.
This army fort dates from 1863 named in honor of Brigadier General Amiel Weeks Whipple. The post played a major role during the Indian wars and was maintained until 1912.
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