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LOST MINE PEAK. Lost Mine Peak is in the Chisos Mountains five miles southwest of Panther Junction in Big Bend National Park in southern Brewster County (at 29°17' N, 103°15' W). At an elevation of 7,535 feet above sea level, it is the second highest peak in the Chisos Mountains, rising 2,135 feet above the Basin Ranger Station, two miles west. Soils on the mountain are shallow and stony and support scrub brush and grasses. The name of the peak derives from the story, probably apocryphal, that Spanish soldiers forced Indian slaves to work in a silver mine there. When the Spanish troops in 1781 abandoned Presidio San Vicente, south of the Rio Grande, the Apaches supposedly sealed the entrance to the mine, which remains undiscovered to this day.


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

"LOST MINE PEAK," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 25, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.