PAYNE GAP. Payne Gap, a low pass by Payne Mountain, is on Farm Road 572 thirteen miles southeast of Goldthwaite in southeastern Mills County (at 31°23' N, 98°21' W). With an elevation of 1,472 feet the gap is 137 feet lower than Payne Mountain. It was named for Barzilla Payne, the first permanent settler in the area.
Flora Gatlin Bowles, A No Man's Land Becomes a County
(Austin: Steck, 1958).
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