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SANDERSON CANYON. Sanderson Canyon, a valley and an intermittent stream, rises eleven miles south of U.S. Highway 90 in eastern Brewster County (at 30°07' N, 102°41' W) and runs southeast fifty-five miles to its mouth on the Rio Grande, 1½ miles downstream from Red House Canyon in southern Terrell County (at 29°51' N, 102°11' W). Dry Creek, Red Windmill Draw, Three mile Draw, Seminole Canyon, McClains Canyon, and Garcia Creek are tributaries. The canyon sharply dissects massive limestone and traverses wash deposits of sand, gravel, and mud on flat terrain. Generally dark, calcareous stony clays and clay loams support oaks, junipers, mesquites, and water-tolerant hardwoods, grasses, and conifers. The canyon and creek were named for Sanderson, Texas, and for the nearby railroad station that was established there in the 1880s. The town and station honored a track foreman who supervised the railroad gangs.


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

"SANDERSON CANYON," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 26, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.