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HOWARD DRAW. Howard Draw, through which flows the intermittent Howards Creek, begins in southern Reagan County a half mile north of the Crockett county line (at 31°05' N, 101°22' W) and runs southwest for seventy-seven miles across Crockett County to its mouth on the Pecos River, two miles southwest of Pandale in northwestern Val Verde County (at 30°09' N, 101°34' W). Howard Draw is joined along its course by fifteen tributaries: fourteen in Crockett County and one in northern Val Verde County. The draw dissects limestone in an area of steep to gently sloping to flat terrain, surfaced by wash deposits of sand, gravel, and mud. Local soils are generally dark, calcareous, stony clays and clay loams and support water-tolerant hardwoods and conifers, scrub brush, and grasses. The draw was named for Richard Austin Howard, who discovered it and its spring-fed waterhole in May 1849 while scouting for the expedition of Lt. William Henry Chase Whiting. The spring had been used by Indians for centuries. In 1590 Gaspar Castaño de Sosa led his band of colonists from Monclova, Mexico, across the Rio Grande and up the Pecos River, passing by the spring and Howard Draw. The first family to build their home in Crockett County, that of William P. Hoover, settled in 1881 on the Pecos River above its junction with Howard Draw.


Crockett County Historical Society, History of Crockett County (San Angelo: Anchor, 1976). Roy L. Swift and Leavitt Corning, Jr., Three Roads to Chihuahua (Austin: Eakin Press, 1988).


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