COLMENA CREEK. Colmena Creek rises five miles southwest of Freer in western Duval County (at 27°50' N, 98°42' W) and runs northwest for eighteen miles to its mouth on Black Creek, four miles north of Biel Lake in eastern Webb County (at 27°56' N, 98°53' W). Its name means "Beehive" in Spanish. The surrounding low rolling hills and prairies are surfaced by clay and sandy loams that support grasses and some mesquite. Near the creek's mouth the terrain becomes flat, and some water-tolerant hardwoods and conifers occur.
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