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SETTLERS CREEK

SETTLERS CREEK. Settlers Creek rises two miles south of Arlie in northeastern Childress County (at 34°42' N, 100°05' W) and runs southeast for six miles before entering Buck Creek (at 34°37' N, 100°03' W) eight miles northeast of the intersection of U.S. Highway 62/83 and the Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River. One source of the stream, Settlers Spring, formerly watered a marshy area suitable for numerous kinds of wildlife, including owls, hawks, vultures, ducks, and herons. The water of the creek was gypseous though used by cattle. Accelerated irrigation, however, has contributed to the spring's demise. Now the creek is usually only a wet-weather draw, catching run-off from the steep slopes and sandy soil of the surrounding rangeland.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 
Gunnar Brune, Springs of Texas, Vol. 1 (Fort Worth: Branch-Smith, 1981).

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