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


Shelley Messer

State Engineer's Office - Surface Water Division

122 W 25th Street

Herschler Building, 2nd Floor West

Cheyenne, WY 82002

Phone: (307) 777-5801


Previous Recommendations

Proposals to rename Mount Doane and Hayden Valley:

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

The name Hayden Valley be retained.