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AYTES BRANCH. Aytes Branch rises just north of Westover in southeast Baylor County (at 33°31' N, 99°03' W) and runs southwest for eight miles to its mouth on the Brazos River, two miles north of the Baylor-Throckmorton county line and west of Farm Road 2374 (at 33°25' N, 99°05' W). It passes through Round Timber shortly before its confluence with the Brazos. The surrounding flat to rolling terrain is surfaced by sand that supports oak mottes with freshwater marsh during the rainy season. Springs named Round Timber Springs, which are found in several large holes, are sources for the creek. The springs were camping sites for hunters and trappers in earlier times but by the 1980s were mostly dry.

Gunnar Brune, Springs of Texas, Vol. 1 (Fort Worth: Branch-Smith, 1981).

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