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TONK CREEK (Stonewall County). Tonk Creek, also known as Tank Creek, rises five miles southwest of Aspermont in south central Stonewall County (at 33°06' N, 100°19' W). The stream flows northeast through central and eastern Stonewall County to its mouth on the Double Mountain Fork of the Brazos River, five miles west of Rule and two miles east of the Stonewall county line in western Haskell County (at 33°12' N, 99°58' W). The twenty-five-mile long creek is the main drainage for Aspermont Lake, which is located south of the county seat. The creek runs across rangeland and oilfields. Cottonwood Springs is on Tonk Creek six miles east of Aspermont. Ranald S. Mackenzie, who camped there during his 1872 campaign, complained about the extremely poor quality of the water. The springs were named for groves of cottonwood trees that were abundant during earlier times. The area was once frequented by the Tonkawa Indians, from whom the creek received its name. The flat to rolling terrain with local escarpments is surfaced by mostly deep, fine sandy loam which supports brush and grasses.


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"TONK CREEK (STONEWALL COUNTY)," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed September 01, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.