Forest service road could be renamed after local man
The Washington State Committee on Geographic Names is holding its next regular meeting today, and Grays Harbor has a location is on their agenda.
The committee will have their semi-annual public meeting in Olympia today and will consider naming a forest service road on Colonel Bob, sometimes known as “Windy Pass, as “Burlap Pass” in honor of David “Burlap” Rabey. The name change would honor Rabey, who earned the nickname Burlap growing up in Hoquiam. Rabey used to hunt in the area. His ashes were scattered on a hillside near the pass.
The name was submitted by Don Bennett, currently of Lilliwaup, WA. Among those who petitioned for the name is Hoquiam Mayor Jack Durney.
They will determine which proposed name changes will advance to the Board of Natural Resources a final decision.
Also on the agenda is the proposed renaming of Soap Lake in Grant County to Lake Smokiam.
The committee meets twice a year to consider proposals from the public concerning the naming of geographic features within the State.