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CONTRABANDO MOUNTAIN

CONTRABANDO MOUNTAIN. Contrabando Mountain is located three miles northwest of Lajitas on the Brewster-Presidio county line (at 29°19' N, 103°48' W); its summit is in southeastern Presidio County. With an elevation of 3,214 feet above sea level, it rises some 560 feet above Contrabando Creek, one half mile northwest. The area's variable soils support scrub brush and grasses. Contrabando means "contraband" or "smuggling" in Spanish, perhaps a reference to extralegal trade in various commodities that has long flourished along the United States-Mexico border. Among the most notorious local smugglers were the Domínguez brothers, Patricio (Picho), Marcelino, and Juan, who were active in southwestern Brewster County in the 1920s and 1930s. Juan was executed by Mexican lawmen just across from Lajitas around 1930, and Marcelino died in a shootout with American officers a few years later.

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"CONTRABANDO MOUNTAIN," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/rjc48), accessed February 10, 2016. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.