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ELM CREEK (Atascosa County). Elm Creek, also known as Chiquihuitilla Creek, rises three miles east of Poteet in southeastern Atascosa County (at 29°03' N, 98°33' W) and runs southeast for 2½ miles to its mouth on the Atascosa River, just north of Pleasanton (at 29°01' N, 98°31' W). The local terrain, some of which serves as dry cropland, is flat to rolling with locally active dune blowout areas. Bunch grasses grow in the sand along the creek banks. Chiquihuitilla, the creek's original name, is Spanish for "very small."


Margaret G. Clover, The Place Names of Atascosa County (M.A. thesis, University of Texas, 1952).


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

"ELM CREEK (ATASCOSA COUNTY)," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 26, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.