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HARDEN CREEK. Harden Creek (Harden or Hardin Branch) rises six miles northwest of Eden in southwestern Concho County (at 31°14' N, 99°56' W) and runs southeast for ten miles to its mouth on Brady Creek, two miles southeast of Eden (at 31°12' N, 99°49' W). The stream is dammed in its upper reaches, three miles northwest of Eden. It crosses flat terrain surfaced by shallow, stony soils that support oaks, junipers, and mesquite. Harden Creek was named after an early settler named Hardin, who reportedly erected the first building in Eden. The structure, located a half mile west of what is now the public square, also served as the first store in town.


Emsy H. Swaim, History of Eden (Eden, Texas?, 1982).


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

"HARDEN CREEK," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 28, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.