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KING MOUNTAIN. King Mountain is near Castle Mountain and U.S. Highway 385 some five miles north of McCamey in southwestern Upton County (at 31°17' N, 102°16' W). Its summit rises 3,125 feet above sea level. King Mountain was probably named for Guy King, a rancher who drilled a water well on top of the mountain around 1900. The mountain is composed of limestone and dolomite substrate, surfaced generally by shallow, stony soils. Oak, juniper, and some mesquite grow on its slopes.


Claude W. Dooley, comp., Why Stop? (Odessa: Lone Star Legends, 1978; 2d ed., with Betty Dooley and the Texas Historical Commission, Houston: Lone Star, 1985).


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

"KING MOUNTAIN," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 28, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.