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FRIO DRAW. Frio Draw (Frio Creek) rises in eastern Curry County, New Mexico (at 34°50' N, 103°38' W), near the Texas state line, and runs east-northeast for fifty miles, passing through three Texas counties-northern Parmer, northwestern Castro, and southeastern Deaf Smith-before reaching its mouth on Tierra Blanca Creek, five miles east of Hereford in Deaf Smith County (at 34°50' N, 102°19' W). The draw traverses flat to rolling terrain surfaced by sandy loams that support grasses and mesquite. Although it is never a perennial stream, Frio Draw is subject to flash floods that have occasionally caused damage, particularly in Parmer County, where the draw passes just south of downtown Friona. Frye Lake, a small man-made reservoir, was built on the draw east of Friona to help control the flooding.


Castro County Historical Commission, Castro County, 1891–1981 (Dallas: Taylor, 1981).


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

"FRIO DRAW," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 25, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.