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COWHOUSE CREEK. Cowhouse Creek rises three miles west of Priddy in northeastern Mills County (at 31°36' N, 98°32' W) and runs southeast for ninety miles through Hamilton and Coryell counties into Bell County, where it reaches its mouth on Belton Lake, north of the Fort Hood military reservation (at 31°10' N, 97°35' W). The creek, which is intermittent in its upper reaches, is named for the natural shelters formed by limestone bluffs along its banks. It traverses variable terrain surfaced by stony clay loams and fine sandy loams that support vegetation ranging from juniper, oak, mesquite, chaparral, cacti, and grasses, to hardwood trees, conifers, and brush.


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