HOLLIDAY CREEK (ARCHER COUNTY)
HOLLIDAY CREEK (Archer County). Holliday Creek rises a mile south of Dundee in northwestern Archer County (at 33°43' N, 98°57' W) and runs northeast for twenty miles to its mouth on the western end of Lake Wichita, three miles southwest of Wichita Falls (at 33°55' N, 98°28' W). On August 4, 1841, the Texan Santa Fe Expedition spent the night in a grove of trees on what is now known as Holliday Creek. Indians were in the area, and the trees afforded protection for men and animals. Capt. John J. Holliday, a member of the expedition, carved his name on the trunk of a great pecan tree. When ranchers and farmers came to the county in later years, they found the carving on the tree and called the stream Holliday Creek. It traverses flat terrain with local shallow depressions, surfaced by clay and sandy loams that support water-tolerant hardwoods, conifers, and grasses. The area has served as crop and range land.