Wyoming Board on Geographic Names


  • Carry out the goals and objectives of the United States Board on Geographic Names (BGN).

  • Assist and advise state agencies and organizations and the general public in understanding the process and preparing applications for submission to the BGN.

  • Advise the BGN on matters concerning geographic names in Wyoming



Herbert W. Stoughton, Ph.D.: Chairman

John (Jack) Studley, PLS: Vice Chairman

Shelley Messer: Executive Director

contact @ shelley.messer@wyo.gov or 307-777-5801


Calvin B Williams Cindy Brown

Dan White Janie F Nelson

Larry O Schmidt Mary Agnes McAleenan

RJ Pieper Scott A Scherbel

Venice N Beske

Next meeting, November 16, 2022 @ 3:00 PM

details to be announced

Previous Recommendations

The WBGN voted to recommend rejection of the proposal 18-May-2022

Proposals to rename Mount Doane and Hayden Valley:

Mount Doane name Changes to First Peoples Mountain Mountian

WBGN voted to recommend: The name Mount Doane be changed to First People's Mountain.

The name Hayden Valley be retained.