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COW CREEK (Val Verde County). Cow Creek rises two miles northeast of Sevenmile Gap and Farm Road 1024 in south central Val Verde County (at 29°46' N, 101°10' W) and runs south twenty-one miles to its mouth on Amistad Reservoir, five miles northwest of Box Canyon on the Mexican border (at 29°31' N, 101°13' W). Its course traverses a flat, densely dissected terrain of clay and massive limestone, forming a deep and winding canyon. Area soils of dark, stony, calcareous clays and clay loams support oaks, junipers, grasses, and mesquites. The creek was named for the cows that shelter in the natural caves formed in the bluffs along its course.


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

"COW CREEK (VAL VERDE COUNTY)," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed July 28, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.