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HORSE THIEF CANYON. Horse Thief Canyon begins three miles southeast of Fort Davis in southeastern Jeff Davis County (at 30°35' N, 103°47' W) and runs northeast for twenty-two miles to its mouth on Limpia Creek, three miles west of the Pecos county line and eighteen miles northeast of Fort Davis (at 30°44' N, 103°36' W). The area's rugged terrain is surfaced by shallow, stony soils that support Mexican buckeye, walnut, persimmon, desert willow, scrub brush, and sparse grasses. The canyon was named for an 1896 incident in which two young brothers named Frier, accomplices of a man named Walt Frazier who had stolen some horses from a ranch near Fort Stockton, were killed in a shootout with Texas Rangersqv there. Frazier escaped through the canyon that now bears his name but was later captured and imprisoned.


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

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