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LYTLE CREEK. Lytle Creek rises one mile east of State Highway 36 and twelve miles west of Baird in west central Callahan County (at 32°17' N, 99°37' W) and runs twelve miles northwest to its mouth on Cedar Creek, in east Abilene in northeast Taylor County (at 32°27' N, 99°43' W). In the creek's upper reaches resistant ledges and low cuestas are surfaced by shallow, stony soils that support live oak, juniper, and grasses; the creek's lower reaches have been dammed to form Lytle Lake near Abilene Municipal Airport in a flat, flood-prone area with local shallow depressions surfaced by clay and sandy loams that support water-tolerant hardwoods, conifers, and grasses. The creek is probably named for Lytle Gap, which was named after an early settler in the area.

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