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SPENCER CREEK. Spencer Creek rises at Spencer Springs in the southeastern Chinati Mountains in southwest Presidio County (at 29°48' N, 104°27' W) and runs southwest for fourteen miles to its mouth on the Rio Grande, one mile below Adobes (at 29°42' N, 104°31' W). It crosses desert mountain terrain of sedimentary deposits and inactive alluvial fans of gravel and sand that support sparse grasses, cacti, and desert shrubs. The creek was named for John Spencer, an early Presidio County settler, who operated a horse ranch on the creek near Indio in the 1850s.


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"SPENCER CREEK," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 24, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.