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TURTLE CREEK (Matagorda County). Turtle Creek rises just west of Blessing and south of the Missouri Pacific Railroad in western Matagorda County (at 28°52' N, 96°14' W) and runs southwest for 12½ miles to its mouth on an inlet (which may once have been called Turtle Bayou) of Turtle Bay, three miles west of Palacios next to the Palacios Municipal Airport (at 28°43' N, 96°16' W). Intermittent and banked by levees in its upper reaches, the creek crosses flat to rolling terrain with some local dissection surfaced by deep to shallow sandy and clay loam that supports hardwoods and grasses.


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

"TURTLE CREEK (MATAGORDA COUNTY)," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed September 04, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.