VICTORY! Mt. Elbert To Remain: Same As It Ever Was!
While most high-country residents are relatively peaceful folks, when “outsiders” start stirring up the pot, people sit up and take notice. And thanks to the efforts of Leadville businessman Eddie Camp, that’s exactly what happened when an application with the United States Board on Geographic Names was filed earlier this year, requesting that a 14,134-foot geographical feature, near Colorado’s tallest mountain, Mount Elbert be re-named “Mount William and Mary.”
The result was a grass-roots effort to block the “re-naming” that lead to a letter-writing and social media campaign with a happy ending: Status Quo! Since the federal board’s decision relied heavily on local input, Camp initiated an online petition at change.org that kept local residents and interested parties apprised of the request, including links where folks could plug into the conversation and record opinions for the official record.
On Wednesday, March 25, Camp received an official response from the The U.S. Board on Geographic Names that the board denied the College of William and Mary’s application.
“I’m glad we fought this one!” posted Eddie Camp on the Leadville Today Facebook Page. So, it seems, are the hundreds of other Leadville and Lake County residents who stood behind his efforts. Thanks for leading the charge, Eddie!