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TOM HANDLE CREEK. Tom Handle Creek rises in western Motley County (at 34°05' N, 101°02' W) one mile east of the Motley-Floyd county line and ten miles south of Flomot. The intermittent stream runs east for twelve miles to its mouth on the Middle Pease River, four miles northwest of Matador (at 34°04' N, 101°53' W). The surrounding moderately steep slopes are surfaced by silt loams that support mesquite and grasses. The creek was named for a cowboy from the Spur Ranch and once ran along the northern boundary of the Matador Ranch in Motley County.


Harry H. Campbell, The Early History of Motley County (San Antonio: Naylor, 1958; 2d ed., Wichita Falls: Nortex, 1971).


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

"TOM HANDLE CREEK," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 25, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.