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SWEETWATER CREEK (Wise County). Sweetwater Creek rises just east of Decatur in central Wise County (at 33°14' N, 97°34' W). Intermittent in its upper reaches, the stream flows east for ten miles through the rolling prairie of Wise County, where the clay soils support juniper and a variety of grasses. For most of the county's history the Sweetwater Creek area has been used as range and crop land. At one time the creek was the site of the camp of outlaws Jesse and Frank James. Sweetwater Creek joins Denton Creek two miles south of the old Allison community (at 33°14' N, 97°24' W).


Rosalie Gregg, ed., Wise County History (Vol. 1, n.p: Nortex, 1975; Vol. 2, Austin: Eakin, 1982).


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

"SWEETWATER CREEK (WISE COUNTY)," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 27, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.