Vol. 44 No. 1 (1996)
Research Article

The Spanish Placenames of California: Proposition 1994

Published 1996-03-01



A number of errors appear in current California placenames, in those given by both Spanish and English speakers. Reasons for the errors are offered, as well as suggestions for their correction. An extensive list of affected names is presented, along with a survey of decisions on names made by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names over the last century. The article is supplemented by an extensive bibliography of California placenames. Spanish placenames are part of the heritage of California and residents may wish to consider protecting that heritage by correcting and, restoring placenames derived from the Spanish and Mexican history of the area.


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