Montana Geographic Names Advisor

Geographic Name Change Request

Denbys Peak
Prairie County, Montana

Status = Approved

Description summit, elevation 753 m (2,470 ft), located just N of Interstate 94, 6.4 km (4 mi) NE of Fallon, 4.8 km (3 mi) NW of the mouth of Hatchet Creek; named for Alden L. Denby, Sr., local rancher
Location 46°52’58”N, 105°04’17”W
PLSS Location Sec 13,T13N,R52E
Proposal to make official a commemorative name in local use
Proponent Donald Denby; Fort Collins, CO
Not Denby’s Peak
Administrative area None
Previous BGN Action None
See also
GNIS ID 2035480
Local Usage Denby’s Peak (local residents)
Published None found
roposal is to make official the name Denbys Peak for a 753 m (2,470 ft) high summit located in east-central Prairie County. The proponent, a resident of Fort Collins, Colorado, reports that the feature has been known as Denby’s Peak [sic] since the early 1900’s when his ancestor, the rancher Arden L. Denby, shot and killed a mountain sheep on or near the summit. He suggests, “for a mountain sheep to be found that far from its natural habitat in the Rocky Mountains near 200 miles to the west [sic] was so locally noteworthy that the peak thereafter came to be known as Denby’s Peak.” Three longtime area residents submitted letters confirming the proponent’s claim and reporting that the name Denby’s Peak is used as a local landmark. The Commissioners of Prairie County and the Prairie County Museum also submitted letters supporting the proposal. After receiving no objections from the Trust Land Management Division of the State’s Department of Natural Conservation, the Montana State Board on Geographic Names recommended approval of the proposal. Letters seeking input on the proposal were sent to the Crow Tribal Council, the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Reservation, and the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, all of which are Federally-recognized, but no responses were received, which is presumed to indicate a lack of an opinion on the issue. There are no other geographic features in Montana known to be named “Denby”.

Montana Geographic Names Advisor Recommendation - Support
Domestic Names Committee Decision Date - Thursday, February 12, 2004
Domestic Names Committee Discussion - This proposal would make official a name in local use since the early 1900’s, when the proponent’s ancestor Arden L. Denby shot and killed a mountain sheep on or near the summit (see Attachment C, #5). A motion was made and seconded to approve the name.

Vote: 9 in favor
0 against
0 abstentions

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