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ELLIOTT CREEK (Bowie County). Elliott Creek, which is intermittent in its upper reaches, rises on the property of the Lone Star Army Ammunition Plant two miles south of Hooks in eastern Bowie County (at 33°27' N, 94°16' W). The stream originally ran southeast for seventeen miles to its mouth on the Sulphur River, five miles east of the Arkansas state line (at 33°18' N, 94°08' W). Wright Patman Lake, constructed between 1948 and 1957, subsumed a portion of Elliott Creek's middle reaches, leaving the stream in two segments. One segment runs south nine miles from the creek's headwaters to its mouth on Wright Patman Lake. This section runs for most of its course through the ammunition plant property, where it has been dammed to form Elliott Creek Reservoir. The other segment of the creek runs southeast for four miles from just east of Wright Patman Dam to the original creek mouth on the Sulphur River. The land along this part of the stream is heavily wooded, with pines and various hardwoods predominating.

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