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HOT SPRINGS CREEK. Hot Springs (Hot Spring) Creek rises on the north flank of the Chinati Mountains in southwestern Presidio County (at 30°02' N, 104°30' W) and runs southwest for ten miles to its mouth on the Rio Grande, four miles north of Ruidosa (at 30°02' N, 104°42' W). It originates in an area of Cretaceous limestone and sandstone and terminates in an alluvium of Quaternary sand, gravel, and pebbles. The land is rough and stony in areas, and soils are clay loams and generally light reddish-brown to brown sands that support sparse vegetation, mainly desert shrubs. The creek was named for two hot springs in the area, 130 feet apart. Each spring was ten feet in diameter and had a circular rim three feet high.


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