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SWINDLER CREEK. Swindler Creek rises four miles northeast of Burkeville in northeastern Newton County (at 31°02' N, 93°37' W). Intermittent in its upper reaches, it follows a southerly course for eight miles to its mouth on Little Cow Creek, five miles southeast of Burkeville (at 30°57' N, 93°36' W). The creek passes through the heavily wooded, gently undulating terrain that characterizes much of Newton County. Legend has it that a few of the early settlers along the watercourse refused to tell their names to curious neighbors, who suspected that the unidentified persons were involved in some form of criminal activity and labeled the stream Swindler Creek.


Fred Tarpley, 1001 Texas Place Names (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1980).

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