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SPADE DRAW. Spade Draw (Spade Draw Creek, Spade Branch) begins four miles west of Spur in southwest Dickens County (at 33°29' N, 100°56' W) and runs east for eight miles before joining Duck Creek three miles southeast of Spur (at 33°27' N, 100°49' W). The small stream is dammed in its upper reaches. The area is predominantly ranchland, and its shallow silt soil supports mesquite and grasses. Former roundups for the Spur Ranch were held along the draw, which local residents named for the cattle brand of an early settler on its banks.

Fred Arrington, A History of Dickens County: Ranches and Rolling Plains (Quanah, Texas: Nortex, 1971).

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