CANNONSNAP CREEK. Cannonsnap Creek rises a mile northwest of Milano in eastern Milam County (at 30°43' N, 96°52' W) and runs north for twelve miles to its mouth on the Little River, seven miles southeast of Cameron (at 30°50' N, 96°51' W). It crosses generally flat terrain with local shallow depressions, surfaced by clay and sandy loams that support water-tolerant hardwoods, conifers, and grasses. According to some sources, the creek's name originated when a young sentry, standing guard by the creek in July 1836, thought he heard a Mexican "cannonsnap" and sounded the alarm in his camp.
John Holland Jenkins, Recollections of Early Texas, ed. John H. Jenkins III (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1958; rpt. 1973).