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SKINOUT MOUNTAIN. The Skinout Mountains are a series of caps off U.S. Highway 180 nine miles west of Anson (at 32°47' N, 100°02' W). This range of hills is basically an escarpment that runs north and south at the contact point between the Clear Fork and the San Angelo formations, subsurface plates. The clay and shale bluffs and cliffs of the Permian-dated range rise to an elevation of 1,850 feet above sea level, with an abrupt relief of 1,800 feet at the base. Most of the range, including the bluff named Skinout Mountain itself, falls within the 1,275 acres owned originally by Jett Milsap. The Skinout Mountains are covered in pasture, with a bit of cultivation on the top. They have long provided a major hunting area for Jones County residents. At one time the range was a popular wolf-hunting locale. How Skinout Mountain came by its unusual name is now no longer remembered. The name may derive from the practice of trappers.

Connie Ricci

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