Big Sandy Creek (Colorado)

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Big Sandy Creek[1][2]
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The creek at Colorado State Highway 96 in Kiowa County.
Basin features
Main source El Paso County, Colorado
39°04′38″N 104°27′20″W / 39.07722°N 104.45556°W / 39.07722; -104.45556
River mouth Confluence with the Arkansas
3,547 ft (1,081 m)
38°06′43″N 102°29′03″W / 38.11194°N 102.48417°W / 38.11194; -102.48417Coordinates: 38°06′43″N 102°29′03″W / 38.11194°N 102.48417°W / 38.11194; -102.48417
Progression ArkansasMississippi
Basin size 1,863 sq mi (4,830 km2)

Big Sandy Creek is a 211-mile-long (340 km)[3] tributary of the Arkansas River noted for being the location of the Sand Creek Massacre in Kiowa County. Long stretches are dry most of the time on the surface, although water still flows underground. Big Sandy Creek starts near Peyton in El Paso County, Colorado and flows through Elbert, Lincoln, Cheyenne and Kiowa counties before it joins with the Arkansas River in Prowers county east of Lamar.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "Big Sandy Creek". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  2. ^ Daniel L. Gustafson. "Hydrologic Unit Project - Big Sandy". Montana State University - Bozeman, Environmental Statistics Group. Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map Archived 2012-04-05 at WebCite, accessed March 31, 2011