The Montana State Library is soliciting additional public opinion on a proposal to assign the name Lone Coyote Lake to a lake in Flathead County. The lake is near Lone Coyote Trail, north of Church Drive, and about 7 miles northwest of Kalispell as shown on the map at http://goo.gl/hS597A.
Two residents have responded to the initial request for comment with the opinion that the lake has previously been named Moon Lake or Mohn Lake. Mathis Mohn owned land around the lake between 1898 and 1937 and donated the property that the Stillwater Lutheran Church is on in 1911. A street near the lake is named Moon Lake Trail and likely is named after the lake.
The Lone Coyote Lake name was proposed by Kenneth and Sharon Ramsey of Kalispell, who live near the lake. The name is intended to associate the lake with the nearest street, Lone Coyote Trail. More information regarding the proposal can be found at https://goo.gl/cjBj6h and a photograph of the lake is at http://goo.gl/wcmOet.
The request to name the lake will be ruled on by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN), which determines what names the federal government recognizes for natural features of the landscape. The BGN recognizes an individual in each state as that state's geographic names advisor, whose duties include soliciting opinions from state and local officials on name proposals. Montana's geographic names advisor is Gerry Daumiller, a geographer with the Montana State Library.
Any person with knowledge of the Moon Lake or Mohn Lake names or documents showing these names is invited to contact Daumiller by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling (406) 444-5358, or by sending him a letter at P.O. Box 201800, Helena, MT, 59620. All comments will be forwarded to the Board on Geographic Names. The initial comment period ends on Nov. 15, 2016, but all comments received until the Board on Geographic Names makes its decision will be forwarded to it.
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