BACHELOR PEAK

Map of Bachelor Peak
Map of Bachelor Peak. Courtesy of the United State Geological Survey and the Portal to Texas History. Image available on the Internet and included in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107.

BACHELOR PEAK. Bachelor Peak (Bachelor's Peak) is on U.S. Highway 183 fourteen miles northwest of Briggs in northern Burnet County (at 31°00' N, 98°06' W). It rises 1,391 feet above sea level, nearly 200 feet above the surrounding countryside. Two stories describe the origins of the name. One account involves five pioneer bachelors who spent a night gambling and feasting on the geographic high point. The other version suggests that early settler Alexander Brown and six other bachelors once had a picnic on its summit, and the hill was named for them. A small amount of marble was quarried near Bachelor Peak for the construction of the courthouse in Llano. In 1897 prominent stockman Joseph Field married Francis E. Smith at Bachelor Peak Ranch, which his family owned from 1888 until 1910. The peak was marked as a station of the United States Geological Survey.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Darrell Debo, Burnet County History (2 vols., Burnet, Texas: Eakin, 1979). Houston Post, December 25, 1897, December 27, 1908, January 20, 1910. Hugh Chester Mitchell, First-order Triangulation in Texas (Washington D. C.: United States Government Printing Office, 1935). Sidney Paige, Mineral Resources of the Llano-Burnet Region, Texas with an Account of the Pre-Cambrian Geology (Washington D. C.: Government Printing Office, 1911). Fred Tarpley, 1001 Texas Place Names (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2010).

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Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Modified on December 11, 2017. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.