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MOUNT PLEASANT , TEXAS

& Castle Peak

Texas Ghost Town
Taylor County, Panhandle / West Texas
FM-1235, CR 283 and CR 301
About 5.5-miles due South of Merkel
About 14 Miles SW of Abilene

Population: Unknown

Mount Pleasant , Texas Area Hotels:
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Taylor County Texas - View of Castle Peak from CR 283
View of 2400-foot Castle Peak (formerly Abercrombie Peak) from CR 283
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, June 2010

History on a Pinhead (and 2 Historical Markers)

In 1909 a two-teacher school was built but no population count is available for the community. It’s reported that Mount Pleasant had a church, school, and “a number of scattered dwellings” in 1940. Today only the scattered dwellings remain – and the fortress-like Castle Peak.

Photographer’s Note:

“As you can see there is not much here but from the THC markers it is evident that there once was. I visited with a man for a few moments and he told me that he had been told that there was once a school here but didn’t know anything else about the history of the town.” – Gerald Massey, July 2010
Taylor County, Texas - Mount Pleasant windmill and cactus
Windmill and Cactus in Mount Pleasant
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, June 2010
Taylor County TX Historical Markers, Mount Pleasant Texas
Castle Peak & Indina Fight Historical Markers in Mount Pleasant
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, June 2010
Taylor County, Texas - Castle Peak historical marker
Castle Peak historical marker on FM 1235, S of Merkel
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, June 2010
Historical Marker Text:
Castle Peak
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 Colonel 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.
(1968)
Taylor County, Texas - Indian Fight historical marker
Indian Fight historical marker - FM 1235, S of Merkel
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, June 2010
Historical Marker Text:
Vicinity of Indian Fight
On New Year's Day, 1871, Indian raiders who had stolen horses in Coleman County were pursued and overtaken here by 18 Texas Rangers and cowboys. Leaders of the group were Captain James. M. Swisher and rancher Sam Gholson.

The Indians took refuge in the heights west of Mountain Pass. The ensuing battle lasted all day, and at nightfall the raiders left the horses and fled.

Of the fewer than one dozen Indians, one was killed, several wounded. One cowboy was wounded and another, J. M. Elkins, recorded the battle in his book, "Indian Fighting on the Texas Frontier."

(1968)
Mount Pleasant, Taylor County Texas - Castle Peak
A parting look at Castle Peak
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, June 2010
Taylor County Texas 1940s map
1940s Taylor County map showing Merkel
(Above "T" in "T-A-Y-L-O-R")
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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