Hicks Bay renamed to Hix’s Bay

At its regular semi-annual meeting yesterday, the Washington State Committee on Geographic Names approved proposals from Washington residents to officially designate two geographic features in the state. The committee’s selections will go before the Board of Natural Resources (acting as the Washington State Board on Geographic Names) for a final decision at one of its regular public meetings.

The committee agreed to advance the following proposal for San Juan County to the Board of Natural Resources:

Hix Bay in San Juan County. Originally named for Cynthia and Louis Hix who purchased property surrounding this Shaw Island bay in 1888, the water body’s name has been misspelled on maps as ‘Hick’s Bay’ for many years.