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DOUBLE LAKES. The Double Lakes, two medium-sized natural lakes seven miles northwest of Tahoka in western Lynn County (at 33°13' N, 101°55' W), stand at approximately 3,100 feet above sea level. The sandy clay loam along the lakeshores supports a variety of tall grasses. Either Double Lakes or Twin Lakes, located five miles to the south in Lynn County, was the site of several skirmishes between Indians and Col. Ranald S. Mackenzie's troops in the early 1870s. One of these two lake groupings was also the site where Capt. Nicholas Nolan and the Nolan Expedition camped in 1877 after traveling eighty-six hours without water.


H. Bailey Carroll, "Nolan's `Lost Nigger' Expedition of 1877," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 44 (July 1940). W. C. Nunn, "Eighty-Six Hours without Water on the Texas Plains," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 43 (January 1940). Ernest Wallace, Ranald S. Mackenzie on the Texas Frontier (Lubbock: West Texas Museum Association, 1964).


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

"DOUBLE LAKES," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed August 02, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.