I got to thinking about this while I was down in Pleasanton week before last, and took a field trip to Mt. Diablo State Park. Seems like just about every significant peak in the U.S. is government (read publicly) owned, as part of a state or national park or monument or whatever. Large or small, from Shasta, Rainier, Lassen, and McKinley, down to Cumberland, Stone, Haystack, and the rest.
Are there any exceptions?
And were any of our mountains privately owned (under our current system of government) before they were turned into parks, or were most of them discovered and claimed by Lewis & Clark types on behalf of the state?
And what about internationally? What’s the largest privately owned mountain in the world? Is the U.S. habit of nationalizing its major geographic assets unusual, or typical, or what?
(No, I’m not in the market. I’m just curious.)