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LITTLE SAN BERNARD RIVER. The Little San Bernard River, originally known as the Little San Bernard, or German Branch, rises in northern Colorado County (at 29°51' N, 96°29' W) three miles southeast of Frelsburg and flows southeast for seventeen miles to its mouth (at 29°45' N, 96°19' W) on the San Bernard River, just north of its intersection with U.S. Highway 90 and Interstate Highway 10. The terrain is level to gently sloping, and the topsoil is deep, fine sandy loam. The area surrounding the river along its upper reaches is densely wooded with mixed oak, pine, cedar, and associated hardwoods with an understory of yaupon and wild grape. This area is generally used as unimproved pasture for cattle and as wildlife habitat. Before the stream crosses State Highway 949 between Bernardo and Cat Spring, the land around it becomes nearly level and is improved to produce excellent pasture, hay, and grain crops.

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Handbook of Texas Online, "Little San Bernard River," accessed September 22, 2017,

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