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NORTH WICHITA RIVER. The North Wichita River rises six miles east of East Afton in northeast Dickens County (at 33°45' N, 100°39' W) at an elevation of 2,410 feet. It begins as an intermittent creek, broadens and flows steadily east after passing into Cottle County, and continues through northeast Dickens, northern King, and southeast Cottle counties. For a short distance it forms the boundary between Foard and Knox counties, dips briefly into eastern Baylor County, and finally joins the South Wichita River in northeast Knox County to form the Wichita River (at 33°43' N, 99°29' W). The confluence is sixteen miles northwest of Seymour. During its 100-mile journey, the river runs mainly through ranchlands and oilfields. The villages of Dumont (Dickens-King counties) and Sneedville (Cottle County) are the only communities on the river's path. The North Wichita, a prominent tributary of the Red River, flows through a lower plains area that is generally gently undulating to rolling; short grasses and scattered mesquite cover sandy and clay loams and clays.


Fred Arrington, A History of Dickens County: Ranches and Rolling Plains (Quanah, Texas: Nortex, 1971). Dickens County Historical Commission, Dickens County: Its Land and Its People (Lubbock: Craftsman Printers, 1986).


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

"NORTH WICHITA RIVER," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 30, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.