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HORSE CREEK (ROBERTS COUNTY)

HORSE CREEK (Roberts County). Horse Creek, once known as St. Clair Creek, rises five miles northwest of Miami in southeastern Roberts County (at 35°45' N, 100°43' W) and runs north for sixteen miles to its mouth on the Canadian River three miles east of Three Corrals Creek (at 35°58' N, 100°41' W). Its course crosses recharge sand and wash deposits on flat to rolling terrain. Soils of the area are generally dark-brown to reddish-brown, neutral to slightly calcareous sandy loams, clay loams, and clays. Vegetation consists primarily of scrub brush, grasses, and water-tolerant hardwoods and conifers. In 1933 an archeological excavation near Miami, Texas, discovered skeletons of five dismembered Columbian mammoths, three Clovis projectile points, and a scraper. The proximity of the bones and artifacts prove the existence of Pleistocene big-game hunters in the area of Horse Creek.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 
Frederick W. Rathjen, The Texas Panhandle Frontier (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1973).

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