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Near Fairview in Major County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
 

Glass Mountains or Gloss Mountains

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, May 1, 2012
1. Glass Mountains or Gloss Mountains Marker
Inscription.  In February 1873 the name Glass Mountains appeared on a map issued by the Federal General Land Office. Two years later the same office issued another map calling them the Gloss Mountains. Thus precipitating a conflict that continues to this day.

The 1875 map resulted from a survey led by an engineer named T.H. Barrett. Historiographer James Cloud is of the opinion that a draftsman copied this map and misread the “A” for an “O”. A persistent legend exists that a member of that first exploring party was British or Bostonian.

This member awakened early one morning in the survey camp on the knoll located east of this point and saw the sun on the glistening clear crystals of selenite. In his long Eastern dialect he exclaimed. "Why, they look just like glaws."

The party's cartographer simply recorded what he thought he had heard, indeed a passing error.
 
Erected by Gloss Mountain Conservancy, Inc.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EnvironmentExploration.
 
Location.
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By Bill Kirchner, May 1, 2012
2. Glass Mountains or Gloss Mountains Marker
36° 21.783′ N, 98° 34.743′ W. Marker is near Fairview, Oklahoma, in Major County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 412 5.8 miles west of U.S. 60, on the right when traveling west. Marker is in Gloss Mountains State Park, a short walk down a paved walkway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fairview OK 73737, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia entry for Glass Mountains. (Submitted on November 4, 2016, by Kevin Hoch of Waco, Texas.)
 
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By Bill Kirchner, May 1, 2012
3. Glass Mountains or Gloss Mountains Marker
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By Bill Kirchner, May 1, 2012
4. Glass Mountains or Gloss Mountains Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 4, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 27, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 737 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 27, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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