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CIENEGA CREEK (Jeff Davis County). Cienega Creek rises four miles northwest of Blue Mountain and twelve miles west of Fort Davis in central Jeff Davis County (at 30°35' N, 104°06' W) and runs northeast for twenty-one miles, although it disappears for about a mile just west of State Highway 17 and five miles southwest of Fort Davis. The Middle and Merrill forks of Cienega Creek join the stream just before this point, and the North and South forks join it just after it resumes flowing. Cienega Creek enters Limpia Creek a quarter mile south of State Highway 17 and five miles northeast of Fort Davis (at 30°38' N, 103°49' W). It traverses an area of steep to gentle slopes surfaced by shallow, stony soils that support scrub brush and sparse grasses. The name of the creek is apparently a corruption of Spanish ciénaga, "marsh."


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

"CIENEGA CREEK (JEFF DAVIS COUNTY)," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 26, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.