SANTA GERTRUDIS CREEK
SANTA GERTRUDIS CREEK. Santa Gertrudis Creek rises six miles west of Benavides in central Duval County (at 27°36' N, 98°30' W) and runs southeast for sixty-one miles, across Jim Wells County, to its mouth on San Fernando Creek, four miles southeast of Kingsville Naval Air Station in north central Kleberg County (at 27°27' N, 97°46' W). The stream is named for a twelve-league grant made by the Spanish government to José Lorenzo, José Domingo, and José Julian de la Garza. The grant, later part of the King Ranch, is now part of Jim Wells and Kleberg counties. The creek is intermittent in its upper reaches. It traverses flat to gently sloping terrain with local shallow depressions, surfaced by clay and sandy loams and some loose sand that support water-tolerant hardwoods, conifers, grasses, and scrub brush.