JOSHUA CREEK. Joshua Creek rises in two branches in southwestern Kendall County. Big Joshua Creek begins just west of Turkey Knob (at 29°50' N, 98°55' W) and runs northeast for thirteen miles; Little Joshua Creek begins five miles west of Nelson City (at 29°51' N, 98°50' W) and runs northeast for 8½ miles. Joshua Creek proper is formed by the confluence of these two branches (at 29°56' N, 98°47' W), and runs north for another three miles to its mouth on the Guadalupe River, three miles east of Waring (at 29°57' N, 98°46' W). The local terrain of steep slopes and benches is surfaced by shallow clay loams that support juniper, live oak, mesquite, and grasses. Joshua Creek has been identified as the watercourse that was called the Alarcon River by Pedro de Rábago y Terán, who in December 1754 was exploring with a view of finding a good site for a mission to be established for the Apache Indians. The current name of the stream is said to have been given by Jacob Raphael de Cordova, honoring one of his sons.
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