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Missouri Board on Geographic Names

The history and culture of Missouri are reflected in its place names. Citizens require an authoritative judgment about these names in their public records and in the publication of maps. The Missouri Board on Geographic Names (MOBGN) is responsible for coordinating place-naming activity between local, state and federal agencies. In so doing, the board oversees the naming and renaming of geographic features within the State of Missouri; provides uniformity in geographic nomenclature throughout the state; and retains the expressed historic and cultural significance of such names associated with Missouri's geography.

All geographic feature naming proposals reviewed by the MOBGN must first be submitted to U.S. Board on Geographic Names (USBGN) through the Domestic Geographic Name Proposal Portal. (Please note that users will need to access the submission system as a guest.)

The USBGN and the MOBGN are guided in their decisions by the USBGN's Principles, Policies and Procedures.

For questions about the submission of naming proposals, contact the USBGN at Questions about the deliberations of the MOBGN should be sent to Executive Secretary Brian Rogers at

Meeting Minutes:


John R. Ashcroft
Missouri Secretary of State
(573) 751-4936
Chairman / Executive Committee

John Dougan
Missouri State Archives
(573) 751-4236
Chairman Designee / Executive Committee

Christopher J. Barnett
University of Missouri - Columbia
(573) 882-8541
Vice Chairman / Executive Committee

Brian Rogers
Missouri State Archives
(573) 526-1981
Executive Secretary / Executive Committee

Henry Sweets
Mark Twain Home Foundation
(573) 221-9010 ext. 405
Executive Committee

Joseph Carter
Missouri Department of Transportation
(573) 526-8051

P. Bryan Chinn
Missouri Office of Administration
(573) 751-2440

Brett Chloupek
Northwest Missouri State University
(660) 562-1385

John Fisher
Freelance Writer
(573) 888-3620

Alan Foreman
St. Louis District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
(314) 331-8114

Joseph Gillman
Missouri Department of Natural Resources
(573) 368-2101

Dr. Debra F. Greene
Lincoln University
(573) 681-5202

Melanie Hans
Mark Twain National Forest
(573) 341-7497

Ron Heimbaugh
Missouri Department of Agriculture
(573) 368-2302

Dr. Gary R. Kremer
State Historical Society of Missouri
(573) 882-7083

Lynn Morrow
Retired / Local Records Program
(573) 636-6041

David Nail
U.S. Geological Survey
(317) 600-2722

Dr. Frank Nickell
(573) 651-2833

Tony Spicci
Missouri Department of Conservation
(573) 815-7901

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