Montana Geographic Names Advisor

Geographic Name Change Request

Browns Slough
Flathead County, Montana

Status = Withdrawn

Description lake, 4.8 km (3 mi) long and 0.2 km , an oxbow lake located along Patrick Creek, 4.8 km (3 mi) N of the N end of Flathead Lake; named for an early homesteader in the area
Location 48°07’25”N, 114°12’39”W
PLSS Location Secs 1,2,11&12, T27N,R21W
Proposal to make official a historical name in local use
Proponent Larry O’Connell; Kalispell, MT
Not Ficken’s Slough, Heine’s Slough, Weaver’s Slough,
Administrative area None
Previous BGN Action None
See also 39001
GNIS ID 2094697
Local Usage Brown’s Slough (local residents), Ficken’s Slough (former property owner), Heine’s Slough (former property owner), Weaver’s Slough (former property owner), Wiley’s Slough (former property owner)
Published None found
roposal is to make official the name Browns Slough for a horseshoe-shaped, 4.8 km (3 mi) long, oxbow lake located in the lower valley area north of Flathead Lake. The proponent, a local farmer, reports that long-time area farmers and ranchers have always known the feature as Brown’s Slough, ever since the area was settled by an individual named Brown who homesteaded near the southern end of the feature. The proponent was unable to locate any biographical information on Brown, but he says the area’s old timers believe he was a very early day settler who left when he saw too many wagon trains coming into the Valley. There are no descendants left that we know of.” Since World War II, various property owners, several of whom are still living, have applied their own names to the feature (Ficken’s Slough, Heine’s Slough, Weaver’s Slough, Wiley’s Slough) and the proponent reports that this has led to confusion. The proponent of the name Browns Slough has also asked that the name Reeds Slough be made official for another lake located just to the east of the larger feature. There are seven other geographic features in Flathead County known to be named “Brown” or “Browns”, but none are lakes and none are in the immediate vicinity of this feature.

Domestic Names Committee Discussion - awn See DNC minutes of 9/14/2006

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