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PRAIRIE CREEK (Smith County). Prairie Creek rises (at 32°23' N, 95°07' W) in eastern Smith County in the Chapel Hill oilfield, a mile east of Browning and eleven miles from Tyler, and runs northeast for fifteen miles to its mouth (at 32°28' N, 94°54' W) on the Sabine River, in western Gregg County two miles northeast of Liberty City. It initially traverses flat to rolling terrain, with some local steep slopes near its origin; it then descends to low-lying floodplains, through which it passes for most of its course. Brown loam soils support pine and hardwood forests near the creek's origin and in its middle reaches. Near its mouth poorly drained loamy soils support water-tolerant hardwoods, conifers, and grasses.

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