June 8, 2015

1640 UNITED STATES (Arizona) - Hualapai Mountains

The Hualapai Mountains are a mountain range which consists of five main peaks: Dean Peak, Getz Peak, Aspen Peak, and Hayden Peak overlooking the broad Hualapai Valley to the north toward Kingman; and the tallest, Hualapai Peak, on the south. "Hualapai" means "People of the tall Pines" in the Hualapai language. The ecology of the Hualapai Mountains is comparable to that of the San Bernardino Mountains and San Jacinto Mountains in southern California, with major forests of many conifer species, as well as aspen groves at higher elevations.

Bear, elk, mule deer, mountain lion, javelina, and other animals can be found here. Mountain lion and bear have been drawn to civilized areas like Pinion Pines and Atherton Acres due to the large deer population. There are some animals only native to the Hualapai Mountain range, including a breed of ground squirrel, and tarantula. At the top of the Hualapai Mountain, just past the Hualapai Mountain Park, is a community known as Pine Lake. It has approximately 140 homes and is a little over 1,800m in elevation.

About the stamps
The first stamp, depicting wedding roses, is part of the Weddings series, about which I wrote here. The second is part of the longest running commemorative series in US history, the Black Heritage Series, started in 1978, about which I wrote here. It depicts Althea Gibson (1927-2003), an American tennis player and professional golfer, the first black athlete of either gender to cross the color line of international tennis, in 1956 becoming the first person of color to win a Grand Slam title (the French Open).

Hualapai Mountains - Wikipedia

Sender: Denise
Sent from Jericho (New York / United States), on 30.12.2013
Photo: Richard Strange

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