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WILDHORSE CREEK (Howard County). Wildhorse Creek rises twelve miles north of Big Spring in north central Howard County (at 32°26' N, 101°27' W) and runs southeast for several miles before turning northeast and entering Morgan Creek three miles west of the Howard-Mitchell county line and eight miles south of the Howard-Borden county line (at 32°24' N, 101°14' W). The creek travels for twenty miles through isolated oil and range land, over moderately steep slopes with locally high relief. The soil is shallow to moderately deep silt loam that supports mesquite and grasses. The only major landmark in the area is Wildhorse Mountain (el. 2,512), located near the creek's change in direction. The upper part of Wildhorse Creek was once fed by numerous springs, which were camping sites for early settlers. Wildhorse Springs was prominent enough to be included on several maps of the 1880s. Agricultural and industrial drilling in the early decades of the twentieth century, however, seriously reduced the flow. By the late 1970s, only seeps were reported.


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