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HEATH CREEK. Heath Creek rises two miles north of the Sue Peaks in the Sierra del Caballo Muerto within the Black Gap Wildlife Management Area in southeastern Brewster County (at 29°28' N, 102°59' W) and runs southeast through Telephone Canyon for sixteen miles before reaching its mouth on the Rio Grande, four miles southwest of Stillwell Crossing in Big Bend National Park (at 29°21' N, 102°53' W). The surrounding terrain is flat with local shallow depressions and is surfaced by clay and sandy loams that support water-tolerant hardwoods, conifers, and grasses. Telephone Canyon received its name during World War I, when the United States Army ran a telephone line through the canyon.

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