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NORTH POLE CANYON CREEK. North Pole Canyon Creek rises three miles northeast of Girard in southeast Dickens County (at 33°24' N, 100°39' W), at an elevation of 2,100 feet. The intermittent stream flows northeast for seven miles to join Croton Creek in southeast Dickens County (at 33°24' N, 100°36' W) just north of the Dickens-Kent county line. The use of cedar poles in the building of corrals provided the name for North Pole and nearby South Pole, canyon and creek. Both canyons are located on Matador Ranch land. They cut through terrain of low hills and numerous gullies, where topsoil and vegetation are scarce to nonexistent.


Fred Arrington, A History of Dickens County: Ranches and Rolling Plains (Quanah, Texas: Nortex, 1971). Dickens County Historical Commission, Dickens County: Its Land and Its People (Lubbock: Craftsman Printers, 1986).


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

"NORTH POLE CANYON CREEK," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 27, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.