TWIN MOUNTAINS (JEFF DAVIS AND PRESIDIO COUNTIES)
TWIN MOUNTAINS (Jeff Davis and Presidio counties). The Twin Mountains (or Twin Sisters) are one-half mile east of Franks Canyon in southern Jeff Davis and northeastern Presidio counties (at 30°25' N, 103°50' W). At an elevation of 6,895 feet above sea level, the northeastern peak in Jeff Davis County rises 1,250 feet above the grassland of the surrounding area. The southwestern peak in Presidio County has an elevation of 6,670 feet above sea level. The mountains, composed of metamorphic and intrusive igneous deposits, stand in desert mountain terrain of gentle to steep slopes and rugged canyon land. Vegetation consists primarily of sparse grasses, cacti, and desert shrubs of conifers and oaks. According to local myth, the notched peaks were called Twin Sisters for twin Indian girls who fell in love with the same young man. They fought jealously over him until the Great Spirit turned them into the double-peaked mountain to teach them a lesson.
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, "Twin Mountains (Jeff Davis and Presidio Counties)," accessed April 30, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/rjt43.
Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Get Texas history every day,
with day by day
Each day's email tells a little bit more of the story of Texas and links to our collection of more than 27,000 articles