Montana Geographic Names Advisor

Geographic Name Change Request

Bollys Ridge
Powell County, Montana

Status = Denied

Description ridge, elevation 2,355 m (7,715 ft), located in Lolo National Forest between Blind Canyon Creek and Swamp Creek, 1.9 km (1.2 mi) NNE of Morrell Mountain; named in honor of Craig Carroll (“Bolly”) Young (1951-1982)
Location 47°13’19”N, 113°21’34”W
PLSS Location Secs 15&22, T17N, R14W
Proposal new commemorative name for an unnamed feature
Proponent Mark Young; Raymond, NH
Administrative area Lolo National Forest
Previous BGN Action None
See also 39901
Local Usage None found
Published None found
This 2,355 m (7,715 ft) high ridge, proposed to be named Bollys Ridge, is approximately 2 km (1.3 mi) long. It lies between Blind Canyon Creek and Swamp Creek, 1.9 km (1.2 mi) north northeast of Morrell Mountain, and within Lolo National Forest in Powell County. The proposal is intended to honor Craig Carroll (“Bolly”) Young (1951–1982), who for 20 years hunted on the ridge with his father and brother, who is the proponent of this new name. According to the proponent, “this ridge was our second home.” There is reportedly a marker placed on the ridge by the proponent to commemorate his brother.

The Powell County Commissioners do not support the proposal, citing some negative comments made at a public hearing on the issue. Some local residents believe there might be another local name for the ridge, although no other name has been submitted. The Montana State Names Authority has declined to offer a recommendation on this proposal, citing his friendship with the proponent. The U.S. Forest Service has no objection to the name.

A copy of the proposal was forwarded to the Blackfeet Nation, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, and the Gros Ventre and Assiniboine Tribes, but no response was received, which is presumed to indicate no opinion on the issue. There are no other geographic features in Montana known to contain the word “Bolly.”

Montana Geographic Names Advisor Recommendation - None (Friday, January 22, 2010)
Domestic Names Committee Decision Date - Thursday, May 13, 2010
Domestic Names Committee Discussion - A motion was made and seconded not to approve this new name, citing a lack of direct and/or long term association between the intended honoree and the feature.

Vote: 11 in favor
1 against
0 abstentions
The negative vote was cast in the belief that the name seems warranted.

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