Frazier Canyon

Type: General Entry

Published: 1952

Updated: October 16, 2019

Frazier Canyon begins just east of Mount Locke and nine miles northwest of Fort Davis in central Jeff Davis County (at 30°40' N, 103°59' W) and extends east for thirteen miles to its mouth on Limpia Canyon, just east of State Highway 17 and ten miles northeast of Fort Davis (at 30°41' N, 103°47' W). Through Frazier Canyon flows an intermittent stream. The surrounding rugged canyon terrain is surfaced by shallow, stony soils that support Mexican buckeye, walnut, persimmon, desert willow, scrub brush, and sparse grasses. Both Frazier Canyon and Horse Thief Canyon were named for Walt Frazier, who reportedly stole horses from a ranch north of Fort Stockton in 1896 and fled south toward Mexico. His two young accomplices were killed in a shootout with Texas Rangers in what came to be called Horse Thief Canyon, but Frazier eluded his pursuers in the canyon that now bears his name. Though he rode on to the Texas and Pacific Railway, where he abandoned his horse and hopped a westbound freight train, he was subsequently caught and imprisoned.

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

Anonymous, “Frazier Canyon,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed August 14, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

October 16, 2019