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From Squaw Tit to Whorehouse MeadowHow Maps Name, Claim, and Inflame$
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Mark Monmonier

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780226534657

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226534640.001.0001

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Naming and Mapping

Naming and Mapping

(p.1) Chapter One Naming and Mapping
From Squaw Tit to Whorehouse Meadow
University of Chicago Press

This chapter discusses the issue of naming and mapping various cartographic insults, some of which got onto the area's government topographic map due to the area's past and some pleasant surprises. Most pejorative place names, however, have less noble origins, and as numerous examples illustrate, the search for a suitable replacement name can be surprisingly contentious. A state board can approve a change, but if the U.S. Board on Geographic Names does not buy it, the new name never appears on federal maps, which include the large-scale topographic maps by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)—used not only by scientists and hikers but also by companies that make atlases, guidebooks, indexed street maps, and tourist maps. If the USGS does not pick up the change, commercial mapmakers will probably ignore it as well.

Keywords:   pejorative place names, U.S. Board on Geographic Names, U.S. Geological Survey, federal maps, topographic maps

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