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Wyoming Board on Geographic Names

Agenda May 19, 2021Purpose: 

  • Carry out the goals and objectives of the United States Board on Geographic Names (BGN).
  • Assist and advise state agencies and organizations and the general public in understanding the process and preparing applications for submission to the BGN.
  • Advise the BGN on matters concerning geographic names in Wyoming.


Herbert W. Stoughton, Ph.D.:   Chairman
John (Jack) Studley, PLS:         Vice Chairman
Shelley Messer:                         Executive Director

Calvin B Williams                       Cindy Brown
Dan White                                  Janie F Nelson
Larry O Schmidt                         Mary Agnes McAleenan
RJ Pieper                                   Scott A Scherbel
Thomas A Kropatsch                 Venice N Beske

Next Meeting: Wednesday, Nov 17, 2021, @ 3:00 PM, 
Details to follow

Useful Information:


Shelley Messer
State Engineer's Office - Surface Water Division
122 W 25th Street 
Herschler Building, 2nd Floor West
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Phone: (307) 777-5801

Current Discussions

Proposal to Rename Squaw Teats 

Devils Tower (Tabled pending Congressional action)
1996 - Current
Current Legislation - Senate Bill 22

Previous Recommendations

Proposals to rename Mount Doane and Hayden Valley
WBGN voted to recommend:
The name Mount Doane be changed to First People's Mountain.
The name Hayden Valley be retained.