EMORY PEAK. Emory Peak is in the Chisos Mountains within Big Bend National Park eight miles southwest of Panther Junction in southern Brewster County (at 29°15' N, 103°18' W). Its summit, at an elevation of 7,825 feet above sea level, is the highest peak in the county and the tenth highest in Texas, rising 2,425 feet above the Basin ranger station two miles northeast. Shallow, stony soils on the mountain support Douglas fir, aspen, Arizona cypress, maple, ponderosa pine, and madrone. The peak was named for William H. Emory, who led the United States-Mexican boundary survey after the Mexican War. It was named by M. T. W. Chandler, appointed by Emory in 1852 to survey the Big Bend area. In the early 1990s the summit of Emory Peak was the site of an antenna and other radio equipment used by the National Park Service.

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