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HICKORY CREEK (Denton County). Hickory Creek rises in northwestern Denton County (at 33°12' N, 97°13' W) and runs southeast for fourteen miles to its mouth on Lewisville Lake (at 33°07' N, 97°04' W). Two forks, North and South Hickory creeks, converge to form the main stream, which drains some 123,000 acres and skirts the Denton Municipal Airport. A third fork, the Dry Fork of Hickory Creek, runs through the airport before joining the main stream a half mile south of the airport boundary. The stream, located in the Grand Prairies and Cross Timbers regions of North Texas, traverses a flat to terraced landscape with deep to shallow calcareous, clayey, and loamy surface soils over a limestone substrate. Local vegetation consists of food and fiber crops, grasses, and scattered oak, pecan, juniper, and mesquite. Because of the fresh water provided by Hickory Creek, Denton's second county seat, named Alton as was the first, was established on its banks in 1851.


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"HICKORY CREEK (DENTON COUNTY)," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 25, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.