NV board recommends name change for Jefferson Davis Peak

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - When the U.S. Board on Geographic Names returns to work once the federal shutdown is ended, the commissioners will consider changing the name of a Nevada mountain.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019, the Nevada State Board on Geographic Names voted unanimously to recommend that Jefferson Davis Peak in the Great Basin National Park be renamed Doso Doyabi, which means White Mountain in the Shoshone dialect.

Christine Johnson of the Nevada Historical Society sits on the Board. Johnson tells KOLO 8 News Now that more than a year ago, a California resident filed a name change request, objecting to a mountain named in honor of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. The request asked that the name be changed to Small Peak to honor Civil War hero Robert Smalls who gained fame in South Carolina.

Over the course of the debate over the name, questions were raised about naming a Nevada mountain after someone who had no connection to the state. However, the Duckwater Shoshone tribe suggested the peak be given their traditional name Doso Doyabi.

The decision by the Nevada State Board of Geographic Names is only advisory. The federal naming board will make the final decision.

You can find out more about Jefferson Davis Peak at www.summitpost.org.