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BIG CREEK (Delta County). Big Creek, also known as Richland Creek, rises in a pool a mile southeast of Ben Franklin in northwest Delta County (33°28' N, 95°46' W) and runs southeast for 14½ miles to its mouth on the South Sulphur River, six miles southeast of Cooper (at 33°21' N, 95°36' W). East Fork and Cedar creeks are tributaries. Upstream, Big Creek traverses rolling prairies with high slopes and a surface of dark gray clay that supports oak, juniper, mesquite, and grasses; the low-lying floodplains at the mouth are surfaced by sand, gravel, and mud that support water-tolerant hardwoods, conifers, and grasses.


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

"BIG CREEK (DELTA COUNTY)," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 25, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.