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ELM CREEK (Brown County). Elm Creek rises just west of U.S. Highway 183 and three miles south of May in northeastern Brown County (at 31°55' N, 98°54' W) and runs southwest for fourteen miles to its mouth on Pecan Bayou, a few miles north of Brownwood (at 31°48' N, 98°58' W). The creek initially passes through steep-sloped terrain with shallow sandy soils, then traverses an area of resistant ledges and low cuestas with shallow stony soils. Along its upper reaches grow juniper, scattered oak, live oak, and grasses. In its middle reaches, rolling hills are surfaced by clay and sandy loams that support scrub brush, mesquite, cacti, live oak, and juniper. Near the creek's mouth the terrain becomes flat and flood-prone with local shallow depressions, surfaced by clay and sandy loams that support water-tolerant hardwoods, conifers, and grasses.


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

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