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CROTON CREEK. Croton Creek rises in several small springs north of Dickens in central Dickens County (at 33°39' N, 100°50' W). Throughout much of its southeastward course it traverses the Croton Breaks, a rugged region of canyons and broken terrain surfaced by shallow silt loams that support mesquite and grasses. The stream is intermittent in its upper stages. It becomes a flowing stream after its junction with Little Croton Creek near the mouth of Fortyone Canyon, seven miles south of U.S. Highway 82 in southeastern Dickens County (at 33°31' N, 100°38' W). Little Croton Creek rises four miles north of Dickens (at 33°41' N, 100°49' W) and flows thirty miles. Croton Creek flows across the northeast corner of Kent County to its mouth on the Brazos River, in northwest Stonewall County fifteen miles northwest of Aspermont (at 33°17' N, 100°25' W). From an initial elevation of 2,700 feet Croton Creek descends 1,000 feet during its course of sixty-five miles.


Fred Arrington, A History of Dickens County: Ranches and Rolling Plains (Quanah, Texas: Nortex, 1971). Dickens County Historical Commission, Dickens County: Its Land and Its People (Lubbock: Craftsman Printers, 1986).


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