THE COUNCIL OF STATE EXAMINES THE NAME CHANGE PROPOSALS

August 19, 2022 03:30

The Oregon Geographic Names Board will meet in Eugene this Saturday to consider proposals to name or rename geographic features in five Oregon counties, including Douglas.

A press release from the Oregon Historical Society indicates that four proposals are on the agenda to rename geographical entities with which the word “Negro” is currently associated. These features include “Negro Ridge” and two distinct “Negro Creeks” in Douglas County. The council will also consider renaming “Negro Knob” in Grant County.

Also on the agenda are proposals to rename a peak in Wasco County currently known as “Chinaman Hat” and a peak in Lane County known as “Swastika Mountain.” Proposals and full meeting agenda are linked: https://www.ohs.org/about-us/affiliates-and-partners/oregon-geographic-names-board/board-meetings-and-name -proposals.cfm

The release said geographic names have been documented and standardized in the United States since 1890, when President Benjamin Harrison created the United States Board on Geographic Names. OGNB has twenty-five volunteer members appointed by the executive director of the Oregon Historical Society, who serves as the group’s permanent secretary.

The meeting will start at 1:00 p.m. in the Maple Room of the 5th Inn, on East 6th Avenue in Eugene.

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