PALO PINTO CREEK
PALO PINTO CREEK. Palo Pinto Creek rises at the confluence of the North and South forks of Palo Pinto Creek two miles east of Strawn in southern Palo Pinto County (at 32°33' N, 98°27' W) and runs northeast for thirty-five miles to its mouth on the Brazos River, eleven miles south of Mineral Wells (at 32°39' N, 98°06' W). The North Fork of Palo Pinto Creek rises just east of Ranger in northeastern Eastland County (at 32°29' N, 98°43' W) and runs east one mile, to where it is dammed to form Hagaman Lake, and then eastward for twenty-four miles, through the southeastern corner of Stephens County, to its confluence with the South Fork of Palo Pinto Creek. Modern topographical maps show the North Fork as Palo Pinto Creek proper, but highway maps identify it as the North Fork. The South Fork rises four miles north of Desdemona in extreme eastern Eastland County (at 32°20' N, 98°32' W) and runs twenty miles northeast. The upper reaches of the North Fork pass through rolling hills surfaced by clay and sandy loams that support scrub brush, mesquite, cacti, live oak, juniper, and grasses; the upper reaches of the South Fork traverse an area of steep slopes surfaced by sand that supports juniper, scattered oak, and grasses; the confluence of the forks occurs in a flat, flood-prone area with local shallow depressions, surfaced by clay and sandy loams that support water-tolerant hardwoods, conifers, and grasses. Palo Pinto Creek is dammed to form Lake Palo Pinto in the south central part of the county. The uneven terrain around the lake is surfaced by stony clay loam in which grasses and live oak trees grow.
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