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The name may refer to John Jacob Astor, an early fur trader, whose grandson, John Jacob Astor IV, died on the Titanic in April, 1912 during the time the railway was being built. However, a 1907 map shows the name Astor for the area.
- Granite Range (1894, Rp. 1923) (UNR) shows the Astor Pass.
- Astor Pass is at N40.1955° W119.7938°, which is S22 T27N R19E
- Plat Maps for Range 19 East (R19E) T27N 1883 shows nothing.