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BELL BRANCH (Ellis County). Bell Branch rises three miles west of Italy in southwestern Ellis County (at 32°12' N, 96°59' W) and flows northeast for 4½ miles, across flat land surfaced with clay and sandy loams that support water-tolerant hardwoods, conifers, and grasses. For most of the county's history, the area has been used as range and crop land. Bell Branch joins Chambers Creek two miles northwest of Italy (at 32°15' N, 96°55' W).


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

"BELL BRANCH (ELLIS COUNTY)," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 28, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.