Mount Evans renamed Mount Blue Sky after federal naming board vote, effective immediately

The U.S. Geological Survey’s Board on Geographic Names voted Friday to approve Mount Blue Sky as the replacement for Mount Evans

Visitors pass the sign on the summit of Mount Evans in 2016.
David Zalubowski/AP Photo

Welcome to Colorado, Mount Blue Sky. 

The federal board in charge of naming geographic places on public land voted Friday to approve Mount Blue Sky as a replacement name for Mount Evans, effective immediately. 

After years of negotiations involving dozens of meetings with hundreds of residents, Native Americans and local and state elected leaders, the Evans name will be stripped from the 14,265-foot peak that stands sentinel over metro Denver.

The Friday vote by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names — part of the U.S. Geological Survey — was the final step in the process. There are several options for new names the board was set to discuss but the board voted 15-1, with three members abstaining, to approve Mount Blue Sky. 

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis in March asked the federal naming board to go with Mount Blue Sky, which was recommended after two years of review by the Polis-created Colorado Geographic Naming Advisory Board.  

To read full article and more articles from Jason Blevins visit The Colorado Sun.

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