Tuesday Mail Bag: How did Jobs Peak get its name?

Posted By on July 16, 2013

Ever wonder why something is the way it is? Have a question as to how to get something done within the boundaries of our Valley? Valleypedia is your venue to ask it. Over time, our hope is that the “Valleypedia” page becomes something of an community encyclopedia – an ongoing guide to living in Carson Valley. Have a question? We’ll do our very best to find the answer. Here’s the latest question:

Q: How did Job’s Peak get its name?

Jobs Peak from the Ranchos. From this angle, it's actually the one on the right.

Jobs Peak from the Ranchos.

A: Jobs Peak (10,633 feet) is quite possibly the icon of Carson Valley, although it is not the tallest, or even the second tallest peak in our Carson Range (Freel and Jobs Sister take those honors).

We found the answer at summitpost.org – a site chronicling the ins and outs of just about any mountain peak you can think of. Also, this will drive some of you nuts, but Jobs does not take an apostrophe in Jobs Peak. Even though it did initially. It’s also not actually in Douglas County. Or even in Nevada. The peak rests near the edge of Alpine County, California.

In any case, the answer is this:

“Moses Job settled in Carson Valley, Nevada, about 1854, and operated a store. (Maule.) The general name ‘Job’s Group of Mountains’ (which included Freel Peak at the time) was used in the State Surveyor General’s Report of 1855, p. 141. The names first appeared in their present form on the Wheeler Survey atlas sheet 56B, 1876-77. The canyon was first named on the 15-minute quad.” – Peter Browning, Place Names of the Sierra Nevada

“Moses Job, an early Mormon settler, ran a store located near the eastern base of Jobs Peak. Maule suggested that the adjacent peak is named in memory of his sister. (Maule, 6.) In 1855 George H. Goddard placed flags on “Job’s Peak.” (Goddard, Report, 104.) The name “Job’s Group of Mountains” appeared on a Goddard map. (Goddard, South.) The von Leicht-Hoffmann map of 1874 named the peaks ‘Jobs Peaks.’ The Wheeler Survey map of 1881 applied the names ‘Jobs Sister,’ ‘Jobs Peak,’ and ‘Freel Peak’ to the group.

John A. Thompson, the ‘Expressman,’ reported to the Placerville Democrat on May 23, 1857: ‘Our late townsman, Moses Job, arrived from Carson Valley, where he now resides, yesterday about noon. He reports the grain crop as looking well. On his way down, he met quite a number of persons going over the mountains on trading expeditions, and others en route to the States. Mr. J. reports the grass as abundant in the valley, and the stock as looking very fine, a supply from whence to this region, may be looked for in the fall. The miners in Gold Canyon, he reports as still doing well.’ (Sacramento Daily Union, May 25, 1857.”
– Barbara Lekisch, Tahoe Place Names

If you’re interested in hiking Jobs, Summitpost.org is a great resource. Here’s their section on Jobs Peak: