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TEMPE CREEK. Tempe Creek starts at the convergence of East and West Tempe creeks 3½ miles southeast of Blanchard in southwestern Polk County (at 30°42' N, 95°00' W) and runs southeast for just under six miles to its mouth on Long King Creek, 4½ miles southwest of Livingston (at 30°39' N, 94°58' W). It flows through flat to rolling terrain. In areas where development has not been extensive, native vegetation consists of pine and hardwood forest in soil composed of clay and sandy loams. The west bank of Tempe Creek has seen a great deal of development since the completion of Lake Livingston in 1968. The creek was named by Indians who lived in the area.


A Pictorial History of Polk County, Texas, 1846–1910 (Livingston, Texas: Polk County Bicentennial Commission, 1976; rev. ed. 1978).


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

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