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ELM CREEK (McCulloch County). Elm Creek is formed by the confluence of Big Elm and Little Elm creeks a mile southwest of Fife in north central McCulloch County (at 31°23' N, 99°23' W). Big Elm Creek in turn has west and east forks. Its west fork rises four miles southeast of Pear Valley (at 31°16' N, 99°28' W) and runs north for eight miles to its confluence with the East Fork of Big Elm Creek (at 31°21' N, 99°27' W). Its east fork rises in Cottonwood Canyon in the Brady Mountains (at 31°16' N, 99°25' W) and runs north for nine miles to join the west fork. From that point Big Elm Creek continues northeast for six miles to join Little Elm Creek. Little Elm Creek rises a mile southeast of Lohn (at 31°19' N, 99°24' W) and runs north for 7½ miles. From the confluence of Big and Little Elm creeks, Elm Creek proper runs northeast for five miles to its mouth on the Colorado River, two miles northeast of Fife (at 31°25' N, 99°20' W). The local terrain is flat to rolling with local shallow depressions, surfaced by clay and sandy loams that support water-tolerant hardwoods, conifers, and grasses.


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

"ELM CREEK (MCCULLOCH COUNTY)," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 28, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.