Montana Geographic Names Advisor

Geographic Name Change Request

Paradise Falls
Lewis and Clark County, Montana

Status = Approved

Description falls, 4.5 m (15 ft) high, in Helena National Forest, along Left Hand Fork Deadman Creek, 0.5 km (0.3 mi) upstream of its junction with Deadman Creek; descriptive name
Location 46°45’06”N, 112°27’50”W
PLSS Location Sec 34, T12N, R7W
Proposal new name for an unnamed feature
Proponent Nancy, Paul & Jeremy Treib; Canyon Creek, MT
Not Deadman Falls
Administrative area Helena National Forest
Previous BGN Action None
See also
GNIS ID 2355694
Local Usage Deadman Falls (local residents)
Published None found
This proposal was submitted by a resident of Canyon Creek, who is requesting that the new name Paradise Falls be applied to an unnamed falls located along Left Hand Fork Deadman Creek in Lewis and Clark County. The feature lies within Helena National Forest, approximately 37 km (23 mi) north-northwest of Helena. The proponent reports that her son, who passed away in 2004 following a five-year battle with brain cancer, would visit the falls for “contemplation, inspiration, and hope.” She says he often described the falls as “paradise.” She also suggests that some local people refer to the falls as Deadman Falls because of its proximity to Deadman Creek, but there is no evidence that that name has ever been published. There are no other geographic features in Lewis and Clark County known to contain the word “Paradise.”

The Lewis and Clark County Commissioners submitted a letter in support of this proposal, and after consulting with its State Trust Land Management Division and Water Resources Division, the Montana State Names Authority endorses the name as well. The U.S. Forest Service has no objection to the proposal. A copy of the proposal was forwarded to the Blackfeet Tribe of Montana, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation, the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, the Crow Tribe of Montana, the Fort Belknap Indian Community of the Fort Belknap Reservation of Montana, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, the Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho, all of which are Federally-recognized. Of these, only the Keweenaw Bay Community responded, stating they have no opinion on the issue. The lack of response from the other Tribes is presumed to also indicate a lack of an opinion.

Montana Geographic Names Advisor Recommendation - Support (Tuesday, March 13, 2007)
Domestic Names Committee Decision Date - Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Domestic Names Committee Discussion - A motion was made and seconded to approve this new name.

Vote: 8 in favor
0 against
0 abstentions

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