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PRAIRIE CREEK (Smith County). Prairie Creek rises in central Smith County (at 32°20' N, 95°09' W) near Farm Road 850, three miles east of Horseshoe Lake, and just east of Pleasant Acres Lake. The stream runs south for three miles to Lake Tyler, then for five miles through the lake, and then two miles more before reaching its mouth (at 32°11' N, 95°10' W) on Mud Creek. It is intermittent in its upper reaches and initially traverses flat to rolling terrain, with some local steep slopes near its origin and along its course. Towards its mouth the stream descends to low-lying floodplains. The local terrain is surfaced by brown, loamy, fine sand, changing to poorly drained loamy soils on the plains. Pine and hardwood forests grow near the headwaters and in the stream's middle reaches; water-tolerant hardwoods, conifers, and grasses are found near its mouth.


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"PRAIRIE CREEK (SMITH COUNTY)," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed May 30, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.