Members Only Area
Bookmark and Share
sidebar menu icon


GUAYULE CREEK. Guayule Creek rises a mile east of Pine Mountain in east central Brewster County (at 29°54' N, 102°48' W) and runs southwest for twenty-four miles to its mouth on Maravillas Creek, in the Black Gap Wildlife Management Area two miles northeast of Stillwell Mountain (at 29°40' N, 102°54' W). It traverses an area of steep to gentle slopes, surfaced by variable soils that support scrub brush and sparse grasses. In its lower reaches it passes through flat terrain with local deep and dense dissection, surfaced by shallow, stony soils that support oak, juniper, and some mesquite. Guayule is a plant used as a source of rubber. In the early twentieth century Brewster County seemed likely to become a major guayule rubber manufacturing center, but the supply of guayule proved insufficient, and the only factory actually built in the county operated intermittently for seventeen years before closing in 1926.

Image Use Disclaimer

All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.

For more information go to:

If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.


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

"GUAYULE CREEK," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 30, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.