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BEAR CREEK (Dallas County). Bear Creek rises just south of De Soto and 1½ miles north of the Ellis county line in southwestern Dallas County (at 32°34' N, 96°52' W) and runs southeast for fifteen miles to its mouth on Red Oak Creek in northeastern Ellis County (at 32°29' N, 96°33' W). The stream is intermittent in its upper reaches. It traverses flat to rolling prairies surfaced with dark and clayey soils that support heavy woods of oak, juniper, and mesquite. Although settlement began along the upper reaches of the creek as early as 1849, the area remained sparsely settled until after the Civil War.

Sam Hanna Acheson, Dallas Yesterday, ed. Lee Milazzo (Dallas: Southern Methodist University Press, 1977).

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