LA County urges name change for Negrohead Mountain
Maybe they should call it "Mt. Obama":
"County leaders on Tuesday approved a resolution asking a federal agency to rename Negrohead Mountain near Malibu in honor of a black pioneer who settled in the area in the 19th century. The peak would be known as Ballard Mountain, after John Ballard, if the U.S. Geological Survey's Board on Geographic Names grants the request by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
"Black history is all of our history ... and this an opportunity to celebrate that," Moorpark College history instructor Patty Colman told supervisors during a board meeting. The switch would "honor the man, as a man, for the contributions he made," said Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who made the name-change motion.
The name of the mountain, at 2,031 feet the tallest in the area, originally contained a racial slur [n*ggerhead?] that even was found on early government topographic maps. It was changed to "negro" in the 1960s. Other settlers are believed to have been thinking of Ballard when they named the mountain. "It really was slander of a courageous and remarkable guy," said Nicholas Noxon, a local resident who lobbied for the Ballard Mountain name change.