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BLUFF CREEK (Taylor County). Bluff Creek rises a mile southeast of U.S. Highway 277 and six miles northeast of Shep in southeast Taylor County (32°12' N, 100°03' W) and extends southeast for thirty-nine miles before emptying into Elm Creek 2½ miles east of Hatchel in north central Runnels County (at 31°51' N, 99°54' W). Bluff Creek rises in steeply sloping terrain with benches, flows through flat to rolling terrain with local scarps, and ends in flat land with locally shallow depressions. Juniper, live oak, mesquite, and grasses predominate in the upper reaches, scrub brush and grasses in the mid-section, and water-tolerant hardwoods, conifers, and grasses in the lower reaches.


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

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