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TOD MOUNTAIN

TOD MOUNTAIN. Tod Mountain rises to a height of 1,720 feet four miles south of Mason in central Mason County (at 30°42' N, 99°14' W). It is in the limestone hills on the eastern edge of the Edwards Plateau. The summit rises 160 feet above the junction of Tod Creek and Ranch Road 2389. The surrounding countryside is characterized by generally flat terrain and shallow stony, clayey, and loamy soils. Vegetation consists primarily of grasses and open stands of live oak, mesquite, and Ashe juniper. In December 1864 George W. Todd, his wife, Dizenia, his daughter Alice, and a black slave girl were traveling from their home four miles south of Fort Mason into town when they were attacked by a party of Comanche Indians near Tod Mountain. The black girl was killed instantly, and Mrs. Todd was wounded and later died. Alice Todd was captured and carried off by the Comanches, and despite rescue attempts made by her father and neighbors, she was never found. The bodies of Mrs. Todd and the black girl are buried at the foot of the mountain, and it is probably from the Todd family that the summit gets its name.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Mason County Historical Book (Mason, Texas: Mason County Historical Commission, 1976).

Citation

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

"TOD MOUNTAIN," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/rjt15), accessed September 19, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.