Bull Creek (Garza County)

Type: General Entry

Published: 1952

Updated: November 1, 1994

Bull Creek, or Aqua de Toro, rises in several small lakes along the southern edge of the Caprock in extreme southwestern Garza County (at 32°59' N, 101°33' W) and runs southeast for fifty miles to its mouth on the Colorado River, a mile south of Farm Road 2085 and two miles east of Lake J. B. Thomas in Scurry County (at 32°35' N, 101°06' W). It crosses flat terrain with local shallow depressions, surfaced by clay and sandy loams that support water-tolerant hardwoods and grasses. Buffalo hunter Charlie Hart is credited with naming the creek for the numerous buffalo bulls found there. An 1877 expedition of buffalo hunters in pursuit of Chief Black Horse camped on Bull Creek several miles northeast of Mushaway Peak in Borden County. The headquarters of the Beal family's Jumbo Ranch was located near the headwaters of the creek. The stream runs across several ranches, including the Dennis Ranch, the Flying D, and the 9R.

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

Anonymous, “Bull Creek (Garza County),” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 22, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/bull-creek-garza-county.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

November 1, 1994