Federal Gov't Asked To Restore N.H. River's Name To Historic Spelling

Sep 11, 2015

The Cocheco River (current spelling) via Strafford.org

A New Hampshire city is urging the U.S. Board of Geographic Names to restore the Cocheco River's historic spelling.

The river's name used to end in e-c-h-o instead of e-c-o, but officials say the New Hampshire Secretary of State's office removed the "h'' by mistake in 1828.

Foster's Daily Democrat reports Dover city councilors unanimously approved a recommendation Wednesday to go back to the original spelling.

The U.S. Board of Geographic Names is considering the name change submitted by resident William Tarbell. Tarbell says council's endorsement increases the odds of the name change being enacted.

Other communities have also been asked to weigh in on the name change.

The federal agency isn't expected to make a decision for months.