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Oregon Geographic Names Board

Turtle doves. (Photo courtesy Floyd Riley)

Turtle doves. (Photo courtesy Floyd Riley)

Founded in 1908, the board is an advisor to the United States Board on Geographic Names and is associated with the Oregon Historical Society which maintains the board’s correspondence and records. It is composed of 25 appointed board members representing all geographic areas of the state and is served by advisors from government agencies and the private sector.

The board supervises the naming of all geographic features within the state to standardize geographic nomenclature, prevent confusion and duplication in naming geographic features, and correct previous naming errors. The board’s
recommendations are submitted to the U.S. board in Washington, D.C., for final action.


Philip A. Cogswell, President
Address: 1200 SW Park Ave., Portland 97205
Phone: 503-306-5203