The U.S. Board on Geographic Names recently approved a proposal, endorsed by Commissioner Gannon, to apply the new name Turtle Creek to a previously unnamed stream in DeKalb County.  Northwoods Area Neighborhood Association, Ms. Spencer, the teacher at Sagamore Hills Elementary School, with the assistance of her students, submitted the proposal, with the objective of  increasing neighborhood pride and promoting the neighborhood’s history.

The new name has been entered into the Geographic Names Information System, the nation’s official geographic names repository, which is available and searchable online at

The entry reads as follows: Turtle Creek: stream; 1.7 mi. long; heads 1.7 mi NNE of Candler Lake at 33°49’22”N, 84°18’15”W, flows generally NNW into the City of Chamblee to enter North Fork Peachtree Creek 1.7 mi. SSW of Echo Lake; named for a large snapping turtle found by students on their first visit to the stream; DeKalb County, Georgia; 33°50’33”N, 84°18’50”W; USGS map – Northeast Atlanta 1:24,000.