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LONG BRANCH (Motley County). Long (or Longs) Branch, also known as Willow Creek, rises in southwest Motley County four miles north of Roaring Springs (at 33°58' N, 100°53' W) and flows northeast for eleven miles to its mouth on Ballard Creek four miles northeast of Matador (at 34°03' N, 100°44' W). The intermittent stream passes near the northern city limit of Matador. Willow Springs, a popular camping and recreation location in earlier times, is a main water source for the creek. Long Branch was located on Matador lands about one mile northwest of the ranch headquarters. The creek basin area was used for both agriculture and grazing. The creek begins in an area of moderately steep slopes with locally high relief where mesquite and grasses cover shallow to moderately deep silt loam; it flows into flat to gently sloping terrain characterized by loose sand and scrub brush.


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

"LONG BRANCH (MOTLEY COUNTY)," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed August 28, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.