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HAPPY DRAW. Happy Draw rises in southern Randall County (at 34°46' N, 101°59' W) and runs southeast near Happy and then northeast for twenty-one miles across northern Swisher County before reaching its mouth on the Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River, in southwestern Armstrong County (at 34°49' N, 101°32' W). Happy Draw is said to have been named by cowboys on cattle drives who were happy to find its spring-fed stream. The stream runs through terrain with shallow depressions and variable soils. Local vegetation is sparse with occasional areas of grasses.


Fred Tarpley, 1001 Texas Place Names (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1980).


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

"HAPPY DRAW," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 25, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.