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RUNNINGWATER DRAW. Runningwater Draw, a headstream of the Blanco River, rises in Curry County, New Mexico (at 34°37' N, 103°33' W), and enters Texas in Western Parmer County. This stream flows southeast fifty-five miles, across southern Parmer, southwestern Castro, northeastern Lamb, and northern Hale counties. In southwestern Floyd County the stream has cut a canyon as it descends from the Llano Estacado. From that point (33°59' N, 101°29' W) it is known as the White or Blanco River. Runningwater Draw flows through loose sand that surfaces flat to gently sloping hills covered by scrub brush and grasses. In Parmer County the stream was in the heart of the XIT Ranch's Spring Lake and, later, Bovina divisions. The Morrison brothers' Cross L and C. C. Slaughter's Running Water (Circle S) ranches were located on the stream in the area where the corners of Swisher, Hale, Lamb, and Castro counties meet. A large dammed reservoir is on Runningwater Draw northeast of Lazbuddie, in Parmer County.


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

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