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HOUSE MOUNTAINS. The House Mountains, also known as the Housetop Mountains, are a mountain range eighteen miles southeast of Marathon in Brewster County (centered at 30°10' N, 102°56' W). The range is four miles long and runs from the northwest to the southeast. Its highest peak has an elevation of 5,460 feet above sea level, rising 1,260 feet above U.S. Highway 90, 1½ miles north. Soils in the mountains are mostly deep, fine sandy loams that support hardwood forest, brush, and grasses. The mountains form a long, narrow ridge, resembling the ridge of a roof, for which they were named.

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