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PRAIRIE BRANCH (Clay County). Prairie Branch rises two miles south of Vashti in southeastern Clay County (at 33°31' N, 98°05' W) and flows east in its upper and middle reaches, then southeast in its lower reaches, for a total distance of just over eleven miles. East Prairie Branch rises in southwestern Montague County and flows south four miles to join the main stream. Prairie Branch traverses terrain ranging from flat with local shallow depressions to steeply sloping hills. The area drained by the stream-along which oak, mesquite, and water-tolerant hardwood trees, as well as conifers and grasses, are common-has been used generally as crop and range land. The branch empties into Big Sandy Creek in southwestern Montague County less than a mile west of the western shore of Lake Amon G. Carter (at 33°30' N, 97°56' W).


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

"PRAIRIE BRANCH (CLAY COUNTY)," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed August 02, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.