SALT GAP (BROWN COUNTY)
SALT GAP (Brown County). Salt Gap is a pass between the Hog Mountains and Salt Mountain, five miles northwest of Blanket in northeastern Brown County (its center point is 31°52' N, 98°51' W). The elevation of the pass ranges from 1,300 to 1,600 feet, an average of 450 feet below the highest points of the surrounding hills. Salt Gap was an Indian passage by the mid-1800s. In 1858 a group of armed settlers intercepted a band of Indians returning from a horse raid in Coryell County. After routing the Indians the settlers met a party of Coryell County men on the trail of the Indians, who had killed a family in Mills County and kidnapped two children, then divided into two groups. One group had been surprised by the settlers at Salt Gap. The other group of Indians, apparently hearing the gunshots at Salt Gap, had hastily broken camp and left the children, whom the searchers found in a thicket, unharmed. The pass probably took its name from nearby Salt and Gap creeks. Salt Gap was not labeled on maps in 1990, when the area was traversed by a pipeline. The surrounding variable terrain is surfaced by shallow, stony clay loams that support juniper, oak, grasses, chaparral, and cacti.