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DARK CANYON CREEK. Dark Canyon Creek rises about eleven miles east of Spur near the eastern limits of the Croton Creek oilfield in southeastern Dickens County (at 29°27' N, 103°27' W) and runs southwest through Dark Canyon for five miles to its confluence with Croton Creek, about five miles west of the Dickens-King county line (at 29°20' N, 103°34' W). The canyon was named for the profusion of trees that blocked sunlight from its course. The creek begins at an elevation of about 2,200 feet above sea level and descends more than 300 feet before reaching its mouth. The area is marked by dissected gullies and low hills with shallow soil and sparse vegetation.


Dickens County Historical Commission, Dickens County: Its Land and Its People (Lubbock: Craftsman Printers, 1986).


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

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