On Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, the Washington State Committee on Geographic Names will meet to consider proposed name changes for several geographic features in Washington state. Proposals receiving the committee’s approval will advance to the Board of Natural Resources, acting as the Washington State Board on Geographic Names, for a final decision.


Who:    Washington State Committee on Geographic Names

What:   Semi-annual public meeting

When:  10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017

Where: 1111 Washington Street SE
Natural Resources Building, Room 172
Olympia, Washington 98501

Why:    Receive public comments and determine which of the proposed name changes will advance to the Board of Natural Resources for a final decision on whether to make them official names for use on Washington state official documents and maps.



Proposed geographic names
As part of its review process, the all-volunteer committee seeks public comment on the following proposals:


Houle Creek in Kittitas County — The proposed name is intended to honor the French trappers and traders of the Hudson’s Bay Company, who were among the first Europeans in the area.


Swaram Creek in Okanogan County — This proposal would replace the name of Squaw Creek with “Swaram,” which the proponent says is a word from the Methow language that describes the type of fishing once traditionally practiced at the creek.


Steffen Creek in Snohomish County — The proposed name would commemorate Herman Steffen, who purchased property near the creek in 1900 and whose descendants still operate Steffen Farms and own water rights to the creek.


Libby Creek in Thurston County — This proposal would commemorate the Libby family that homesteaded along the trail that is now Libby Road.


Public comments accepted
Comments on these proposals may be made at the Oct. 31 meeting or submitted in advance no later than 5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, to: [email protected] or by mail to: Washington State Committee on Geographic Names, PO Box 47030, Olympia, WA 98504-7030.


Find more information about these proposals, plus instructions for submitting new proposals, at: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/about/boards-and-councils/board-natural-resources/committee-geographic-names


Directions to the Oct. 31 meeting
Find directions to the Natural Resources Building in Olympia online: