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STILLWELL CREEK. Stillwell Creek rises a half mile west of Farm Road 2627 in the Black Gap Wildlife Management Area eight miles northeast of the Sue Peaks in southeastern Brewster County (at 29°30' N, 102°53' W) and runs southeast for seven miles, paralleling the Stillwell Crossing Road, before running dry three miles northwest of Stillwell Crossing on the Rio Grande (at 29°25' N, 102°52' W). The surrounding flat terrain has local shallow depressions and is surfaced by clay and sandy loams that support water-tolerant hardwoods, conifers, and grasses. The creek, which formerly emptied into the Rio Grande at Stillwell Crossing, was named for the Stillwell family, who owned a ranch across the river in Coahuila, Mexico. The place where they kept a barge on the Rio Grande became known as Stillwell Crossing, and the creek on the Texas side became known as Stillwell Creek.


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

"STILLWELL CREEK," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 28, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.