Carson’s book is laid out in forty-six sections, with a different chapter devoted to the unique history and etymological origins of each High Peak. The peaks are organized chronologically, based on when the peak was granted its current (as in 1927) name. He includes this chart at the end of the book, depicting the order:
By ordering the peaks like this, Carson reflects the changing etymological inspiration for the High Peaks throughout Adirondack Mountain history. Many of the names of earlier peaks were guided by the physical features of the mountains while most of the more recent peaks were named after people. The left column contains thirteen mountains named after physical features and ten named after people while the right side has only three named after physical features and thirteen after individuals (fifteen if you include South and East Dix). The more recent peaks also have more diverse name inspirations, including Native American tribes, animals, and native words.