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COTTONWOOD CREEK (Matagorda County). Cottonwood Creek rises five miles north of Bay City in northeastern Matagorda County (at 29°04' N, 95°58' W) and runs southeast for seventeen miles, passing through downtown Bay City, to its mouth on Peyton Creek, five miles northeast of Wadsworth (at 28°54' N, 95°54' W). The creek is banked by levees in its upper reaches. It traverses low-rolling to flat terrain with some local dissection, surfaced by deep to shallow sandy and clay loams with some dark, commonly calcareous clays that support grasses and hardwoods.


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

"COTTONWOOD CREEK (MATAGORDA COUNTY)," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed October 10, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.