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DITCH (Brewster County). The Ditch, an intermittent stream, rises five miles south of Mitchell Mesa and a half mile north of the point at which Duff Creek runs dry in west central Brewster County (at 29°53' N, 103°41' W) and runs south for fifteen miles to its mouth on Terlingua Creek, 2½ miles southeast of Straddlebug Mountain (at 29°45' N, 103°41' W). It traverses an area of rugged terrain characterized by numerous box canyons, with shallow, stony soils that support Mexican buckeye, walnut, persimmon, desert willow, scrub brush, and sparse grasses. On some maps the Ditch and Duff Creek are both labeled as the lower reaches of Goat Creek.

Martin Donell Kohout

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Martin Donell Kohout, "DITCH (BREWSTER COUNTY)," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed December 01, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.