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DOCTORS CREEK. Doctors Creek rises 1½ miles northeast of Pecan Gap and just southwest of the junction of Farm roads 128 and 1530 in northwestern Delta County (at 33°27' N, 95°47' W) and runs southeast for fifteen miles to its mouth on the South Sulphur River, just east of Harper's Crossing and two miles east of Liberty Grove (at 33°20' N, 95°38' W). Cannon Creek flows into Doctors Creek just south of Cooper. Near its origin Doctors Creek passes through rolling prairies surfaced by black clay that supports mesquite and grasses; the stream descends quickly into floodplains surfaced by sand, mud, and gravel that support water-tolerant hardwoods, conifers, and grasses. The creek may have been named for medicinal herbs which Indians gathered from the area or for a local physician whose horse and buggy became mired in a shallow crossing. The Doctors Creek community was located on the stream.


Paul Garland Hervey, A History of Education in Delta County, Texas (M.A. thesis, University of Texas, 1951). Fred Tarpley, 1001 Texas Place Names (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1980).


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

"DOCTORS CREEK," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 27, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.