Peak’s name change to honor Battle of Plattsburgh hero

— The name of an Adirondack Peak in Lewis has been changed back to its original name, MacDonough Mountain.

The U.S. Board of Geographic Names recently approved a local historian’s request to rename Slip Mountain in Lewis.

The peak was originally named MacDonough on earlier maps dating back to the 1800’s.

Retired Plattsburgh Historian Jim Bailey identified that the mountain had been changed to Slip Mountain in 1953 without any significant reason.

Bailey petitioned the U.S. Board of Geographic Names to reinstate the name that honored Commodore Thomas MacDonough, a commander in the Battle of Plattsburgh bay which took place on Lake Champlain, Sunday, Sept. 11, 1814.

The name change has already been applied to various online maps.

MacDonough Mountain is a 3,320-foot peak which ranks as the 160th highest mountain in New York State.

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