The mountain was used as a source of construction rock to build the nearby Mrica Hydroelectric Dam project.
Tampomas means "without gold" in Basa Sunda (Sundanese). The mountain is locally known as Agro Gusti Kencanawati and a lady spirit resides there. The legend says that a royal couple once had an argument and their spirits lay in the two rock outcrops side by side for eternity. The nearby mountain is where the male spirit is supposed to reside.