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.
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