Montana Geographic Names Advisor

Geographic Name Change Request

Change Gold Creek – in part to North Fork Gold Creek
Ravalli County, Montana

Status = Approved

Description stream, 5.4 km (3.4 mi) long, heads in the Bitterroot National Forest at 46°10’22”N, 114°13’42”W, flows E then NE to enter the Bitterroot River 6.4 km (4 mi) S of Hamilton
Location 46°10’57”N, 114°10’27”W
PLSS Location Secs 24-21,T5N, R19W
Proposal to modify a name to recognize the historical usage
Proponent Cheryl Rothlisberger; Hamilton, MT
Not Gold Creek – in part
Administrative area Bitterroot National Forest
Previous BGN Action None
See also 38902, 39103, 39106
GNIS ID 784042
Local Usage None found
Published Gold Creek – in part (USGS 1998)
names were submitted in association with the aforementioned proposal to change the application of the name Gold Creek. Although the name Ward Creek is applied to the southernmost branch of Gold Creek, the proponent believes that name should be changed so that the name Gold Creek applies to this branch. The County government, the State Names Authority, the U.S. Forest Service, and one of the proponent’s neighbors all concur with the proposal as submitted provided the stream that would become “unnamed” is given an official name. After consultation with her neighbor and with the Forest Service regional geographic names liaison, the proponent agrees that the names Middle Fork Gold Creek and North Fork Gold Creek are appropriate designations for the two tributaries.

Montana Geographic Names Advisor Recommendation - Support
Domestic Names Committee Decision Date - Thursday, July 13, 2006
Domestic Names Committee Discussion - A motion was made and seconded to approve these new names.

Vote: 11 in favor
0 against
0 abstentions

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