Montana Geographic Names Advisor

Geographic Name Change Request

Pomp Peak
Gallatin County, Montana

Status = Approved

Description summit, elevation 2,915 m (9,562 ft), in Gallatin National Forest, in the Bridger Range, 1.3 km (0.8 mi) NNW of Sacagawea Peak; named for Jean Baptiste “Pomp” Charbonneau (1805-1866), the son of Sacajawea, the Shoshone Indian scout on the Lewis and Clark expedition
Location 45°54’18”N, 110°58’36”W
PLSS Location Secs 22&21, T2N, R6E
Proposal new commemorative name for an unnamed feature
Proponent Kay Hartsen; Williamson, NY
Administrative area Gallatin National Forest
Previous BGN Action None
See also
GNIS ID 2439612
Local Usage None found
Published None found
The new name Pomp Peak is proposed for a 2,915 m (9,562 ft) summit located in the Bridger Range in Gallatin County, and also within Gallatin National Forest. The proponent believes the name would be an appropriate way to honor Jean Baptiste “Pomp” Charbonneau (1805-1866), the son of Sacagawea, the Shoshone Indian woman who accompanied Lewis and Clark on their 1803-1806 expedition. The summit lies 1.3 km (0.8 mi) north-northwest of Sacagawea Peak (BGN 1979). Elsewhere in Montana, Pompeys Pillar and its associated features (a community, a park, and two streams) in Yellowstone County, approximately 253 km (146 mi) to the east, were also named in honor of Jean Baptiste Charbonneau.

The Gallatin County Commissioners and the U.S. Forest Service are not opposed to the proposal for Pomp Peak, while the Montana Department of Commerce and the Montana State Names Authority are in support. A copy of this proposal was sent to the Blackfeet Tribe of the Blackfeet Reservation of Montana; the Crow Tribe of the Crow Reservation of Montana; the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community; the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians; and the Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho, all of which are Federally-recognized Tribes. The Keweenaw Bay Community responded it did not have an opinion on the issue, while the Nez Perce Tribe stated it supported the proposal. The lack of response from the other Tribes is presumed to indicate a lack of an opinion.

Montana Geographic Names Advisor Recommendation - Support (Thursday, March 13, 2008)
Domestic Names Committee Decision Date - Thursday, June 12, 2008
Domestic Names Committee Discussion - A motion was made and seconded to approve this new name.

Vote: 10 in favor
0 against
0 abstentions

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