JUAN CORDONA LAKE. Juan Cordona Lake is near Landreth Draw four miles north of the Pecos River in southern Crane County (at 31°19' N, 102°33' W). The lakebed is composed primarily of sand and silt substrate with loose surface sand. Scrub brush and grasses grow around the lake. The salt lake was named for Juan Cordona, holder of the original land patent in the area of the lake. Juan Cordona Lake provided salt to Indian traders on the Old Salt Trail from the La Junta region on the Rio Grande as late as 1884.

Patrick Dearen, Castle Gap and the Pecos Frontier (Fort Worth: Texas Christian University Press, 1988). Clayton W. Williams, Never Again, Texas (3 vols., San Antonio: Naylor, 1969).

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