I can see why they named it Saddle Mountain...it looks exactly like a saddle! :) We have a Saddle Mountain in Oregon (near the coast), but it doesn't look much like a saddle at all!
Yes, DeEtte, it's clear how this one got its name! Thanks for visiting. Greetings, Marilyn
Saddle mountain indeed, Marilyn! Lovely fall colours.
The name sounds very familiar to me, I'm thinking there must be some story connected to this mountain, but I can't remember. Do you know of any "famous" events that transpired here?
Thanks for visiting, Justin. I don't know of any story. I think the name has a familiar ring, at least in North America, because there are a number of Saddle Mountains, in various states and provinces.
Beautiful warm autumn colors! The trees seem to "crawl" to the tip(s) of the mountain.
THey have mountains in Oklahoma??
Xenia, thank you for your comment with its very good description.
Actually, Dann, the Wichita "Mountains," northwest of Lawton, are so rugged that it's not hard to consider them mountains though of course they're nothing like the Rockies. I have a few shots but I haven't posted them; there are already several good ones on Panoramio. As for "Saddle Mountain"? That may be stretching the point.
I may have to make a stop-off when I'm chasing this year!
I like this one Marilyn. A very good composition!
Thanks, Roger. I took it mainly to record the place since I am doing research on someone who lived and worked near there. But the photo turned out better than I had expected!
You must come back to the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge in SW OKlahoma and take some more pictures!
Why only 2 photos when you were here?
HappyOkie, I loved the area, and I did take photos in the Refuge. But I don't know that they're better than others of the area, and I wasn't sure how to map them. I'd happily come back, and if I write a biography of the missionary who's buried in the Saddle Mountain cemetery, maybe I'll have to come back!
I have lived in the Mt.Sheridan estates. This is the exact view that I had from my backyard patio. I lived in Lawton, OK for my entire childhood and part of my younger adult life. I know every inch of the Wichita Mountains and would gladly share any information that I have about the area if you are interested.
To jsc5207 I would love to know any info on that area. My great grandfather owned the first ranch in that area in 1893 to 1915.
Saddle Mountain and the Wichita Mountain chain has always been a landmark and guide for trail bosses driving cattle up the Great Western Cattle Trail from South Texas. Now the interested folks traveling up the trail know they are on the trail when they see them in the distance. People say nothin is forever but Saddle Mountain and the Wichita Mountains are close enough to "for ever" for this old drover.
Scott, I'm sorry I missed thanking you long ago, but I do appreciate your comment and your offer. I'd like to be in touch.
GloElam, I wish you luck in getting further information. That ranch would be from early days indeed, as that's about the time the land was opened up for settlement. If you see this and feel like giving me your grandfather's name, I'd be interested and would see whether I run into any information in my historical research.
Drover, thank you so much for your comment. From my brief visit, I can see that it would be a landmark from quite some distance.
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