DANCER PEAK. Dancer Peak is an elevation in the Riley Mountains eight miles southeast of Llano in Llano County (at 30°40' N, 98°36' W). The Rev. Jonas Dancer, who died in 1859-perhaps the first white man killed by Indians in the county-established a Methodist church on nearby Honey Creek, which rises from several sources along the base of the mountain. The peak, with an elevation of 1,714 feet above sea level, rises some 600 feet above State Highway 71. The surrounding rolling to steep terrain is surfaced by soils that range from shallow and stony to sandy and clayey loams that support open stands of live oak, mesquite, and Ashe juniper.
Wilburn Oatman, Llano, Gem of the Hill Country: A History of Llano County (Hereford, Texas: Pioneer, 1970). J. W. Wilbarger, Indian Depredations in Texas (Austin: Hutchings, 1889; rpt., Austin: State House, 1985).