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BEAR PEN CREEK. Bear Pen Creek rises just northeast of Mount Vernon in central Franklin County (at 33°11' N, 95°12' W) and runs north for 7½ miles to its mouth on White Oak Creek, about seven miles north of Mount Vernon (at 33°16' N, 94°13' W). The stream, intermittent in its middle and upper reaches, crosses nearly level to rolling land surfaced with loams and clayey subsoils. The area is generally heavily wooded, with pines and various hardwoods predominating.

John Clements, Flying the Colors: Texas, a Comprehensive Look at Texas Today, County by County (Dallas: Clements Research, 1984).

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