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Near Merkel in Taylor County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Castle Peak

(2.6 Miles WSW)

 
 
Castle Peak Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 27, 2014
1. Castle Peak Marker
Inscription. The Butterfield Overland Mail, the first public transportation facility spanning the area from the Mississippi to the Pacific with passenger and mail service, 1858-61, used the 2400-foot peak to the northeast as a beacon. The drivers and passengers viewed it for 30 to 40 miles. In that era it was called Abercrombie Peak, for Col. J.J. Abercrombie of the U.S. Army, active in defense of this frontier. Waterman Ormsby, a newspaper reporter riding the first Butterfield stage to pass this way, noted that the peak resembled a fortress. Later the height was renamed Castle Peak.
 
Erected 1968 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 756.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Butterfield Overland Mail marker series.
 
Location. 32° 23.838′ N, 99° 58.296′ W. Marker is near Merkel, Texas, in Taylor County. Marker is on Farm to Market Road 1235 south of County Road 302, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Merkel TX 79536, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Vicinity of Indian Fight (here, next to this marker); Mulberry Canyon (approx. 5.7 miles away);
Vicinity of Indian Fight and Castle Peak Markers image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 27, 2014
2. Vicinity of Indian Fight and Castle Peak Markers
Cornelia Clark Fort (approx. 5.7 miles away); Drummond Cemetery (approx. 6 miles away); Camp Barkeley (approx. 6.7 miles away); Butterfield Trail (approx. 6.8 miles away); Butterfield Mail and Stage Line (approx. 6.8 miles away); Mountain Pass Station (approx. 7.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Merkel.
 
Also see . . .
1. Butterfield Overland Mail - Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on October 6, 2014.)
2. Butterfield Overland Mail. From the Texas State Historical Associationís “Handbook of Texas Online”. (Submitted on October 6, 2014.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. View of Castle Peak
A view of Castle Peak from the marker location is obscured by terrain and vegetation. Castle Peak may be seen from County Road 283 less than a 1/4 mile west of the marker.
    — Submitted October 6, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.

 
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View to Southeast along<br>Farm to Market Road 1235 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 27, 2014
3. View to Southeast along
Farm to Market Road 1235
View to Northwest from Marker Pullout image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 27, 2014
4. View to Northwest from Marker Pullout
Castle Peak image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 27, 2014
5. Castle Peak
View to southwest from County Road 283
Photo taken 1/4 mile west of marker location
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 6, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 258 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 6, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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