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DOLAN CREEK. Dolan Creek rises three miles west of U.S. Highway 277 in northeastern Val Verde County (at 30°11' N, 100°44' W) and runs southwest for thirty-five miles to its mouth on the Devils River (at 29°53' N, 101°00' W), one mile northwest of Leon Spring. White Draw, Middle Dolan Creek, and West Dolan Creek are tributaries. Dolan Falls forms at the juncture of Dolan Creek and the Devils River. Dolan Creek dissects massive limestone that underlies flat terrain to form a rugged and winding valley. Wash deposits of sand, gravel, and mud cover the canyon floor. The area's generally dark, calcareous, stony clays and clay loams support water-tolerant oaks and junipers, grasses, and mesquites. The creek was named for Capt. Pat Dolan of the Texas Rangersqv, who, with Capt. Neal Coldwell, drove the outlaws from canyons of the area in the 1870s.

Alice J. Shipman, Taming of the Big Bend (Austin: Von Boeckmann-Jones, 1926).

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