Montana Geographic Names Advisor

Geographic Name Change Request

Rittel Mountain
Lewis and Clark County, Montana

Status = Approved

Description summit, elevation 6,940 feet, located in Helena National Forest, along the Continental Divide, 2.5 mi SSE of Sunset Mountain, 35 mi NNW of Helena; named in honor of Frank "Emil" Rittel (1900-1963) and William "Will" Rittel (1901-1954), who homesteaded at the base of the mountain in the early 1900s
Location 47°03’36”N, 112°19’32”W
PLSS Location Sec 14, T15N, R6W
Proposal new commemorative name for an unnamed feature
Proponent John Frank "Tag" Rittel Jr. and Sandra Renner; Wolf Creek, MT
Administrative area Helena National Forest
Previous BGN Action None
See also
GNIS ID 2710692
Local Usage None found
Published None found
This proposal is to apply the new commemorative name Rittel Mountain to a 6,940-foot unnamed summit in Lewis and Clark County and within Helena National Forest. The proposed name would honor brothers Frank Emil Rittel (1900-1963) and William Rittel (1901-1954), who homesteaded at the base of the mountain in the early twentieth century. Descendants of the Rittels operate a ranch six miles northeast of the summit.

Pioneer Gustav Rittel established a small homestead with a tiny cabin and a small plot of land close to the nearby Dearborn River. His sons Frank and William lived on the homestead and worked in a variety of trades before taking over the family ranch. The ranch now contains several cabins and stretches over 8,000 acres.

As part of its research, the Montana Geographic Names Authority solicited public comment on the proposal and received approximately ten responses, all in support of the name. The Lewis and Clark County Commissioners, the State Names Authority, and the U.S. Forest Service all support the proposal. The Blackfeet Tribe, the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes, and the Fort Belknap Indian Community, all of which are Federally recognized, were sent a copy of the proposal. However, no response was received, which is presumed to indicate a lack of an opinion.

Comments Received by the Montana Geographic Names Advisor
Montana Geographic Names Advisor Recommendation - Support (Friday, December 16, 2011)
Domestic Names Committee Decision Date - Thursday, January 12, 2012
Domestic Names Committee Discussion - A motion was made and seconded to approve this name.

Vote: 7 in favor
0 against
0 abstentions

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