PENDENCIA CREEK. Pendencia Creek rises eleven miles west of Carrizo Springs in northwestern Dimmit County (at 28°31' N, 100°04' W) and runs northeast for fifteen miles to its mouth on Comanche Creek, eleven miles west of Crystal City in southwestern Zavala County (at 28°42' N, 99°59' W). Its name is Spanish for "quarrel" or "brawl." It first crosses an area of rolling terrain with local scarps, surfaced by dark clay that supports mesquite, grasses, and cacti. The creek later descends to flat terrain with locally shallow depressions, surfaced by clay and sandy loams that support water-tolerant hardwoods and grasses. Pendencia Creek was reportedly the site of some of the first settlements in Dimmit County. Sources indicate that a number of black families, led by John Townsend of Nacogdoches, attempted to establish a settlement on the creek shortly before the Civil War. Harassment by Indians, however, forced abandonment of the site. A few years later, not long after the Civil War, some of the original settlers of Carrizo Springs moved out to establish ranches along the Pendencia.
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, "Pendencia Creek," accessed July 31, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/rbp68.
Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.