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CRISWELL CREEK (Fayette County). Criswell Creek rises a mile east of U.S. Highway 77 and two miles northeast of the community of Swiss Alp in central Fayette County (at 29°48' N, 96°54' W) and runs east through steeply rolling pastureland for 6½ miles to its mouth on Williams Creek, on the floodplain of the Colorado River a mile southwest of the community of Mullins Prairie (at 29°50' N, 96°49' W). The creek traverses an area of hills and prairies with some local shallow depressions, surfaced by clay and sandy loam soils that support hardwoods, conifers, mesquite, and grasses. Despite its steep slopes, much of this land produced cotton until the 1960s, and was consequently eroded. By the 1980s most of the area hillsides had stabilized and had been converted to pastureland, while the level terrain near the mouth of the creek still produced good crops of maize and hay.

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