House Range is a north-south trending mountain range in Millard
County, of west-central Utah. The
House Range was named in 1859 by
James H. Simpson. It was named by Simpson because "...of its
well-defined stratification and the resemblance of portions of its
outline to domes, minarets, houses, and other structures."
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House Range is bounded by
Tule Valley to the west, Whirlwind
Sevier Desert to the east, and trends with the Fish Springs
Range to the north. The range has three notable passes: Skull Rock
Pass (which US Highway 6/
US Highway 50
US Highway 50 travels through), Marjum Canyon
(which the old
US Highway 6
US Highway 6 travels through), and Sand Pass (which the
Weiss Highway passes through).
The highest point in the
House Range is Swasey Peak, at 9,669 feet
(2,947 m). Other notable peaks include Notch Peak, a frequent
climbing and base-jumping hotspot, and the very square Tatow Knob.
It is also known for one of the tallest limestone cliffs in the world,
The geology of the
House Range is dominated by gray
Devonian carbonate rock which was intruded by a pink Jurassic
granitoid in the central part of the range. In the Wheeler
Amphitheater, away from the intrusion, the
Lagerstätte that contains
the well-preserved fauna is found in the
Cambrian section of the
range. Evidence of Lake Bonneville's presence is found both in
shorelines and white marls at the base of the range. The main
structural component to the range is a large basin-bounding fault on
the west side.
The range is known for a fossil
Lagerstätte (Wheeler Shale) of
Cambrian age, which has an array of
Burgess Shale type fauna,
including Elrathia kingii, a trilobite that is one of Utah's most
Limestone was deposited in the Bathyuriscus–Elrathina
zone (contemporaneous with the Burgess Shale). This is overlain in
turn by the Bolaspidella zone (uppermost Middle Cambrian) Wheeler
Shale and Marjum Formation, then the
Cedaria zone (lowermost Upper
Cambrian) Weeks Formation.
^ Van Cott, J. W., 1990,
Utah Place Names, ISBN 0-87480-345-4
^ "Feature Detail Report for: Swasey Peak". USGS.
^ Chronic, Halka (1990). Roadside Geology of Utah.
^ "Localities of the Cambrian: The
House Range UCMP".
^ "House Range". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved January 13, 2013.
^ Robison, R. A. (1964). "Upper Middle
Cambrian Stratigraphy of
Western Utah". Geological Society of America Bulletin. 75: 995–1010.
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