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HONEY CREEK (GRAYSON COUNTY)

HONEY CREEK (Grayson County). Honey Creek rises two miles southeast of Gunter in southern Grayson County (at 33°26' N, 96°43' W) and runs into Collin County, traveling southeast for 16½ miles before emptying into the East Fork of the Trinity River, three miles north of McKinney (at 33°15' N, 96°37' W). The stream is shaded in its upper reaches by bois d'arc, willow, and oak trees. It runs through gently rolling terrain surfaced predominantly by deep, clayey soils over marl and chalk. Local vegetation includes bluestem and other native grasses. The watershed area of Honey Creek includes the communities of Weston, Roland, and McKinney. In the late 1960s and early 1970s several flood-prevention dams were built along the stream. The two tributaries of the creek are Long Branch and Haw Branch. In 1930 Homer L. Merritt of Celina discovered on Haw Branch a giant fossil fish estimated to be 65 million years old. The fossil, nearly thirteen feet long, is on display at the Texas Memorial Museum at the University of Texas at Austin.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

J. Lee and Lillian J. Stambaugh, A History of Collin County (Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1958).

Citation

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

"HONEY CREEK (GRAYSON COUNTY)," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/rbhaa), accessed September 21, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.