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MOSS CREEK (Howard County). Moss Creek, formerly also known as Big Spring Creek, flows across southeast Howard County from its source near South Mountain, on the outskirts of the city of Big Spring (at 32°13' N, 101°24' W), to its mouth on Beals Creek (at 32°15' N, 101°17' W). The stream travels southeast, then northeast, for a total of 13½ miles. A dam 1½ miles from its mouth forms the Moss Creek Reservoir eight miles east of Big Spring. This reservoir serves as a source of the Big Spring municipal water supply and covers 4,027 acre-feet. Moss Creek runs through a flood-prone area composed of sand, gravel, and mud substrate with clay and sandy loams. Water-tolerant hardwoods, conifers, and grasses grow along the creek.


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

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