Buck Creek (Donley County)

Type: General Entry

Published: 1952

Updated: November 1, 1994

Buck Creek, also known as Spiller Creek, rises in two branches in southeastern Donley County. The North Fork rises four miles east of Hadley (at 34°52' N, 100°37' W), and the South Fork three miles southwest of Hadley (at 34°50' N, 100°41' W). Both branches flow southeastward into Collingsworth County, where they join fifteen miles west of Wellington (at 34°50' N, 100°31' W). The main stream flows seventy miles, through northeastern Childress County and into Harmon County, Oklahoma, to its mouth on the Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River (at 34°50' N, 100°41' W). William Riley Curtis established his Diamond Tail Ranch headquarters on Buck Creek in 1879 and later obtained the Morrisons' Doll Baby range upstream, where the town of Giles was later established. Sam and Joe White ran their OM cattle by the creek in 1880. Buck Creek flows through flat to rolling terrain with local escarpments to moderately steep slopes with locally high relief. Fine sandy or silt loam supports mesquite shrubs and grasses.

Pauline D. and R. L. Robertson, Cowman's Country: Fifty Frontier Ranches in the Texas Panhandle, 1876–1887 (Amarillo: Paramount, 1981).

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Anonymous, “Buck Creek (Donley County),” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 29, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/buck-creek-donley-county.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

November 1, 1994