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Near Marathon in Brewster County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Los Caballos

(In Core of the Ouachita Structural Belt)

 
 
Los Caballos Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 24, 2012
1. Los Caballos Marker
Inscription. Highly deformed rocks in the Ouachita Fold Belt, a northeasterly trending range, uplifted about 275 to 290 million years ago. The intricate folding is shown by whitish rock bands—called caballos (the Spanish word for horses)—exposed on both sides of this highway. The Ouachita Fold is comparable in age to the uplift that formed the Appalachians in the eastern part of the United States.

The northwesterly trending Del Norte-Santiago range (southmost extension of the Rocky Mountains) forms the southwestern skyline. The rocks of this range were deposited in a sea that covered the Ouachita Fold Belt after erosion had reduced the highlands and a later submergence lowered the area. Santiago Peak (named for a local man who was killed by Indians and buried beneath the peak) is the high, flat-topped mountain to the southwest. It was once a mass of molten magma that cooled and hardened underneath the earth's surface and was uncovered by later erosion. The Del Norte-Santiago range, uplifted and folded 40 to 60 million years ago, is not half the age of the Ouachita Fold. This is a remarkable fusion of "old" and "young" mountains—and is unmatched at any other site in North America.
 
Erected 1970 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 3124.)
 
Location.
Los Caballos Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 24, 2012
2. Los Caballos Marker
30° 4.003′ N, 103° 16.465′ W. Marker is near Marathon, Texas, in Brewster County. Marker is on U.S. 385 10.3 miles south of U.S. 90, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Marathon TX 79842, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Peņa Colorado (Red Rock) (approx. 6 miles away); Chambers Hotel (approx. 9.7 miles away); The Gage Hotel (approx. 9.8 miles away); First School House (approx. 9.9 miles away); Marathon (approx. 10 miles away); Colonel Lewis Given Harman (approx. 10.7 miles away).
 
Categories. Natural Resources
 
Los Caballos Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 24, 2012
3. Los Caballos Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 280 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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