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TALKING JOHN CREEK. Talking John Creek rises in extreme eastern Cottle County, two miles north of U.S. Highway 70 and west of the Cottle-Foard county line (at 34°06' N, 100°03' W). The intermittent stream runs for fifteen miles through northwestern Foard and southwest Hardeman counties before entering the Pease River twelve miles southwest of Quanah (at 34°12' N, 99°55' W). One source of the creek is Talking John Springs, located in northwest Foard County. The springs, still active in the late 1970s, emerge from several caves predominantly composed of gypsum. The creek flows from flat to gently rolling terrain with local shallow depressions where scrub brush and grasses cover shallow clay loam soils into an area of rolling to steep slopes. Here, juniper, cacti, and grasses cover shallow clay and sandy loam soils, locally stony.


Gunnar Brune, Springs of Texas, Vol. 1 (Fort Worth: Branch-Smith, 1981).

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