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DOLORES CREEK (Webb County). Dolores Creek rises eight miles east of Laredo in southwestern Webb County (at 27°31' N, 99°20' W) and runs southwest for twenty-seven miles to its mouth on the Rio Grande, three miles south of Rancho San José in extreme northwest Zapata County (at 27°13' N, 99°26' W). It traverses flat to rolling terrain with locally active dune blowout areas, surfaced by sand that supports scattered oak mottes. The stream is dammed throughout its course to form tanks. Literally translated from the Spanish dolores means "pain," but in this usage probably refers to the nearby ruins of Nuestra Señora de los Dolores Hacienda.

Alicia A. Garza


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

Alicia A. Garza, "DOLORES CREEK (WEBB COUNTY)," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 25, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.