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GETAWAY CANYON CREEK. Getaway Canyon Creek rises at an elevation of 2,120 feet twelve miles east of Spur in southeastern Dickens County (at 33°28' N, 100°38' W) and runs southeast for two miles to its mouth on Croton Creek, six miles northeast of Gilpin (at 33°27' N, 100°37' W). During its short course the stream drops some 250 feet while passing through eroded terrain of gullies and low hills with sparse vegetation. Both the creek and canyon were named by cowboys from the Matador Ranch, which frequently lost cattle in the ravine.


Fred Arrington, A History of Dickens County: Ranches and Rolling Plains (Quanah, Texas: Nortex, 1971). Dickens County Historical Commission, Dickens County: Its Land and Its People (Lubbock: Craftsman Printers, 1986).


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

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