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EAST SANDY CREEK (Colorado County). East Sandy Creek includes the East and West forks of East Sandy Creek, which join five miles northwest of Rock Island in southern Colorado County (at 29°30' N, 96°48' W). The creek runs south for 9½ miles to its mouth on Middle Sandy Creek, three miles southwest of Rock Island (at 29°26' N, 96°50' W). The stream traverses the Sheridan gas field and crosses Alternate U.S. Highway 90 in a heavily wooded area of mixed oak and yaupon known locally as "the post oaks." The area soils consist of deep layers of fine sandy loam overlying beds of mottled clay. The local terrain is generally flat to rolling, but the stream's banks are often quite steep and eroded, and its course is filled with deposits of finely washed sand. The area is used primarily for the production of oil and gas, as unimproved pasture for cattle, and as a wildlife habitat which attracts hunters from a wide area.


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

"EAST SANDY CREEK (COLORADO COUNTY)," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed August 04, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.