SCM H690 advises that a BGN decision is to be favored over any other
geographic name forms obtained from other sources. Does this stated policy
extend to use of punctuation (or lack of) in BGN headings? For example,
GNIS editorial guidelines state: "Apostrophes suggesting possession or
association are not to be used within the body of a proper geographic name
(Henrys Fork: not Henry's Fork)." There are exceptions to use of BGN
headings: e.g., spelling out Mt. or St. in headings. Neither H690 nor
chapter 23 RIs specifically mentions punctuation. We want to establish a
heading for Allen's Creek Recreational Area (Ind.) BGN gives the name
without the apostrophe. Works in hand include the apostrophe. Isn't it fun
to beat your heads against the wall over picky little things like this?
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