Campaign seeks to rename Colorado mountain for boy
DURANGO — A proposal to rename a La Plata County mountain after the boy whose remains were found there is drawing a mixed response.
A Facebook campaign has been set up to propose renaming Middle Mountain to Dylan’s Mountain, The Durango Herald reported Thursday (http://bit.ly/13nIavW ).
The change would honor 13-year-old Dylan Redwine, whose remains were discovered last month on the mountain. The boy was last seen in November. Dylan’s mother supports the idea, calling it a “wonderful gesture.”
“The entire community was behind the efforts in finding Dylan, and to have the place where he was found named after him would be a great way to celebrate his life and give the community a place to join in this celebration of his life,” Elaine Redwine wrote to the newspaper.
But some community members who helped search for the boy disagree with the proposal. They said it would connect the mountain to the sad cause of Dylan’s death.
Denise Hess, a longtime family friend who worked tirelessly on efforts to find the missing teenager, suggested it would be more appropriate to rename a park in Bayfield for the boy.
“Dylan was murdered and put up there, and I don’t feel like when we go up there that is something we want to be reminded of,” Hess said. “I don’t want to go up there and say, ‘That’s where he laid for seven months.’”
The U.S. Board on Geographic Names oversees the naming of geographic features. The process to rename a feature is a long one, requiring extensive geographic information, community support and biographical information of the person to be commemorated.
A person must be deceased at least five years before the board will consider a proposal to rename a location after that individual. The person also must have a direct or long-term association with the geographic feature. A person’s death on or at a feature does not normally meet that criterion, according to the board’s website.
The boy lived in the Monument area with his mother but arrived in La Plata County on Nov. 18 for a court-ordered visit in Vallecito with his father, Mark Redwine.
The father said he returned home from running errands Nov. 19 to find Dylan was gone. His remains were found June 27 about eight to 10 miles from the father’s house.
Authorities said Dylan was either kidnapped or someone harmed him. They do not believe he was a runaway and have not released a cause of death.
Middle Mountain is a 13,100 foot peak in the Sawatch Range, located about seven miles south of Independence Pass.