Montana Geographic Names Advisor

Geographic Name Change Request

Shedhorn Creek
Jefferson County, Montana

Status = Approved

Description stream, 4.8 km (3 mi) long, in Deerlodge National Forest, heads 6.4 km (4 mi) NE of Whitetail Reservoir at 46°07’09”N, 112°12’42”W, flows E to enter Bigfoot Creek at the W edge of Whitetail Basin; the name refers to the horns shed by elks in the spring
Location 46°06’54”N, 112°08’54”W
PLSS Location Sec 7, T4N, R4W and Secs 12-10, T4N, R5W
Proposal new name for an unnamed feature
Proponent Jim Chatriand; Manhattan, MT
Administrative area Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
Previous BGN Action None
See also
GNIS ID 2582469
Local Usage Shedhorn Creek (proponent)
Published None found
The new name Shedhorn Creek is proposed for a 4.8 km (3 mi) long tributary of Bigfoot Creek in Jefferson County, approximately 26 km (16 mi) northeast of Butte. The stream also lies within Deerlodge National Forest and flows through property owned by the proponent, a local businessman. According to the proponent, he acquired the land approximately ten years ago and after building a cabin there he came to refer to the area as “Shedhorn Creek Camp.” The proposed name refers to the fact that every spring, the elk in the area shed their horns.

The Jefferson County Commissioners have no objection to the name, while the Montana State Names Authority (SNA) recommends approval. As part of its research, the SNA contacted the Montana Water Resources Division, the Montana Trust Lands Division, and the Indian Country Economic Development Program of the Montana Department of Commerce, all of which support the proposal. The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks and the Montana State Historic Preservation Office responded that they are not opposed. The U.S. Forest Service has no objection to the name.

The following Federally-recognized tribes were asked to comment on the proposal: the Blackfeet Tribe, the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation, the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, the Fort Belknap Indian Community of the Fort Belknap Reservation, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, and the Nez Perce Tribe. No response was received, which is presumed to indicate a lack of an opinion on the issue.

There is another stream named Shedhorn Creek in neighboring Madison County, as well as a summit named Shedhorn Mountain, approximately 120 km (75 mi) from the unnamed stream in question. The SNA does not believe there will be any confusion between the two streams

Montana Geographic Names Advisor Recommendation - Support (Friday, January 15, 2010)
Domestic Names Committee Decision Date - Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Domestic Names Committee Discussion - A motion was made and seconded to approve this new name.

Vote: 9 in favor
0 against
0 abstentions

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