Renaming Place Names in Oregon

If you’re at all interested in the process of changing pejorative place names to something more acceptable to the present day — the sort of thing covered by Mark Monmonier’s From Squaw Tit to Whorehouse Meadow — then you’ll be interested in this story from the Medford Mail Tribune: The Oregon Geographic Names Board, directed in 2001 to remove the word “squaw” from place names in the state, has decided against a blanket replacement of more than 100 remaining uses of the term with “Indian Maiden”; instead, the Board will work on a case-by-case basis to replace the names based on tribal proposals.

Previously: Review: From Squaw Tit to Whorehouse Meadow.