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DEAD HORSE CREEK (Hill County). Dead Horse Creek rises four miles southeast of Whitney in west central Hill County (at 31°55' N, 97°16' W) and runs south for eight miles to its mouth on Aquilla Creek, just east of Aquilla (at 31°51' N, 97°12' W). It traverses flat to rolling terrain surfaced by sandy and clay loams that support scrub brush, cacti, and grasses. The creek was supposedly named for a large number of horses found dead at its banks. The area has been used as range and crop land.


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

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