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LONG KING CREEK

LONG KING CREEK. Long King Creek rises in central Polk County (at 30°56' N, 94°51' W) two miles northwest of Moscow and runs south for thirty-six miles to its mouth (at 30°34' N, 94°57' W) on the Trinity River two miles south of Goodrich. The creek was named for Coushatta Indian chief Long King. The stream originates in flat to rolling terrain with local escarpments and flows into an area with low-rolling hills and prairies. Vegetation consists primarily of pine forests with some mesquite and grasses growing in clay and sandy loams. The creek was formerly deep and narrow, but the depletion by lumbermen of trees along its course has allowed its banks to erode so that the stream frequently overruns them. Particularly severe were floods in 1884, 1890, 1908, and 1929. A 1935 flood destroyed a newly built highway bridge across Long King Creek.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 
A Pictorial History of Polk County, Texas, 1846–1910 (Livingston, Texas: Polk County Bicentennial Commission, 1976; rev. ed. 1978).

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