Montana Geographic Names Advisor

Geographic Name Change Request

Magone Mountain
Mineral County, Montana

Status = Approved

Description summit, elevation 1,708 m (5,605 ft), in Lolo National Forest, 1.1 km (0.7 mi) N of the head of Cougar Creek, 5.6 km (3.5 mi) W of Lozeau, 10 km (6 mi) SSE of Superior; named for Hugh Paul Magone (1881-1959) and Margaret Perkins Magone (1889-1963), who homesteaded nearby in 1929
Location 47°06’31”N, 114°51’10”W
PLSS Location Sec 35,T16N,R26W
Proposal new commemorative name for an unnamed feature
Proponent Betty Magone; Superior, MT
Administrative area Lolo National Forest
Previous BGN Action None
See also
GNIS ID 2071369
Local Usage None found
Published None found
This proposal was submitted by a couple residing in Superior who would like to apply the new commemorative name Magone Mountain to an unnamed summit located approximately 10 km (6 mi) south-southeast of Superior. The summit has an elevation of 1,708 m (5,605 ft) and lies within Lolo National Forest. The new name would honor Hugh Paul Magone (1881-1959) and Margaret Perkins Magone (1889-1963), who homesteaded approximately one mile north of the summit in 1929 and whose ranch is still operated by the family. There are no other features in Mineral County known to be named “Magone.”

The Montana Board on Geographic Names received a letter of support for the proposal from the Mineral County Commissioners who noted that “the Magone families are an important part of the local history.” After determining that the State’s Trust Land Management Division and Water Resources Division had no objection to the name, the State Board recommended approval of the name. The U.S. Forest Service also supports the proposal. A copy of the proposal was forwarded to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe of the Coeur d’Alene Reservation, and the Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho, all of which are Federally-recognized, but no response was received, which is presumed to indicate a lack of an opinion on the issue.

Montana Geographic Names Advisor Recommendation - Support (Wednesday, May 11, 2005)
Domestic Names Committee Decision Date - Thursday, June 9, 2005
Domestic Names Committee Discussion - A motion was made and seconded to approve the name.

Vote: 10 in favor
0 against
0 abstentions

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