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Naming and Mapping

in From Squaw Tit to Whorehouse Meadow

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780226534657
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226534640 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226534640.003.0001
Naming and Mapping

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This chapter discusses the issue of naming and mapping various cartographic insults, some of which got onto the area's government topographic map due to the area's past and some pleasant surprises. Most pejorative place names, however, have less noble origins, and as numerous examples illustrate, the search for a suitable replacement name can be surprisingly contentious. A state board can approve a change, but if the U.S. Board on Geographic Names does not buy it, the new name never appears on federal maps, which include the large-scale topographic maps by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)—used not only by scientists and hikers but also by companies that make atlases, guidebooks, indexed street maps, and tourist maps. If the USGS does not pick up the change, commercial mapmakers will probably ignore it as well.

Keywords: pejorative place names; U.S. Board on Geographic Names; U.S. Geological Survey; federal maps; topographic maps

Chapter.  5473 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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