Sweetwater Creek (Gray County, Texas)

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Sweetwater Creek is a stream in northeastern Gray County, Texas, which terminates with its joining with the North Fork of the Red River just northeast of Texola, Oklahoma.

It crosses Wheeler County, Texas, the southwest corner of Roger Mills County, Oklahoma, and terminates in Beckham County, Oklahoma.

Sweet water creek is central to the range of the southern Buffalo herd. Its in the region, that was dominated by plains indian tribes, know historically as the Comancheria. Along its banks were located favored hunting camps of plains tribes, such as the Comanche and Kiowa. The encroachment of American hide hunters at Sweetwater Creek was contested by the Comanche and their Kiowa allies. It figure in the Red River War of 1874, which was a campaign by the US Army to confine Native American tribes on the reservations in order to minimize conflict between the Americans and Native Tribes

The towns of Mobeetie, Texas, a Native American word meaning "sweetwater," where early settlers included Timothy Dwight Hobart and Temple Houston, and Sweetwater, Oklahoma, are named for the creek.

Historic Fort Elliott, in existence from 1875 to 1890, was situated on a high elevation of Sweetwater Creek, with the front of the shoe facing the southwest.[1]

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  1. ^ Lester Fields Sheffy, The Life and Times of Timothy Dwight Hobart, 1855-1935: Colonization of West Texas (Canyon, Texas: Panhandle-Plains Historical Society, 1950), p. 137

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Coordinates: 35°18′03″N 99°56′46″W / 35.30083°N 99.94611°W / 35.30083; -99.94611