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MIDDLE SANDY CREEK. The Middle Sandy Creek system, which includes Crooked Creek, rises in its main branch (at 29°35' N, 96°41' W) in southwestern Colorado County 7½ miles south of Borden. It runs southeast for twenty-two miles to its mouth (at 28°28' N, 96°36' W), where it joins West Sandy Creek to form Sandy Creek near the Colorado-Lavaca county line. The stream traverses the heavily wooded area of mixed oaks and yaupon known locally as "the post oaks." The local terrain is flat and has thick layers of fine sandy loams over beds of mottled clay. The stream banks are often high and are easily eroded; the streambed is filled with deposits of finely washed sand. Crooked Creek, a western tributary, is dammed near its confluence with Middle Sandy Creek to form Crooked Creek Lake (Lake Sheridan, at 29°31' N, 96°39' W) 1½ miles north of Sheridan. Most of the land along the stream is used variously for the production of oil and gas, for unimproved pasture for cattle, and for wildlife habitat, which attracts hunters from a wide area.


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