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HUISACHE CREEK

HUISACHE CREEK. Huisache Creek rises three miles northeast of Lolita in southern Jackson County (at 28°53' N, 96°30' W) and runs south for nineteen miles to its mouth on Huisache Cove, in Calhoun County (at 28°39' N, 96°31' W). Early settlers brought horse and ox wagons to the salt beds on the creek's lower reaches to obtain their annual supply of salt. Since the marshy ground was too soft to support the teams as they hauled out the heavy salt cakes, enterprising locals built slides on which the salt could be dragged to the wagons. Huisache Creek was formerly known as Cox's Creek and was dammed to form Cox's Creek Lake, which lies astride the Jackson-Calhoun county line. The stream traverses flat to rolling coastal prairies, surfaced by sandy and loamy soils that support mixed hardwoods and pines.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 
Ira T. Taylor, The Cavalcade of Jackson County (San Antonio: Naylor, 1938).

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Handbook of Texas Online, "Huisache Creek," accessed August 25, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/rbhde.

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