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LIVE OAK CREEK (Reagan County). Live Oak Creek rises one mile south of Texon in southern Reagan County (at 31°11' N, 101°42' W) and runs south for forty-two miles to its mouth on the Pecos River, near the U.S. Highway 290 crossing in northwest Crockett County (at 30°39' N, 101°43' W). It crosses a geologic floodplain composed of sand, gravel, mud, and bedrock substrate surfaced by clay and sandy loam. Water-tolerant hardwoods, scrub, conifers, and grasses grow along the low to moderate slopes. Prehistoric man camped along Live Oak creek. Archeological studies performed near the creek have examined a large number of mortar holes, burned rock middens, and artifacts including arrowheads, scrapers, and bison bones. In 1855 Fort Lancaster, a United States military outpost, was established on the creek near its mouth. A lush growth of live oak trees on Live Oak Creek was destroyed by a flood in 1954.


Dessamae Lorrain, Archeological Excavations in Northwestern Crockett County (Austin: State Building Commission Archeological Program Report 12, 1968).


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"LIVE OAK CREEK (REAGAN COUNTY)," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 29, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.