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DAWSON CREEK. Dawson Creek rises just under a mile north of the park road between Panther Junction and the Maverick Ranger Station in Big Bend National Park some nine miles east of Terlingua in southwestern Brewster County (at 29°19' N, 103°29' W) and runs southwest for five miles to its mouth on Terlingua Creek, just under five miles southeast of Terlingua (at 29°17' N, 103°33' W). It traverses an area of densely dissected terrain with gullies and low hills, with shallow or absent soils and little or no vegetation. The creek may have been named for an early prospector who camped on its banks.


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"DAWSON CREEK," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 29, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.