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MILL CREEK (Van Zandt County). Mill Creek, also known as Beaver or Beech Creek, rises in north central Van Zandt County from the confluence of Chinquapin and Beaver Dam branches two miles south of Canton (at 32°31' N, 95°52' W) and is dammed in its upper reaches to form Mill Creek Lake. It then runs twenty-one miles northeast to its mouth on the Sabine River, near the Rains county line (at 32°45' N, 95°46' W). It was named for a water mill on its headwaters. Caddo Indian artifacts have been found in the creek bed. The surrounding flat terrain with local shallow depressions is surfaced by clay and sandy loam that supports water-tolerant hardwoods, conifers, and grasses.

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