ROCKY CREEK (GONZALES COUNTY)
ROCKY CREEK (Gonzales County). Rocky Creek rises 4½ miles northwest of Shiner in eastern Gonzales County (at 29°29' N, 97°13' W) and runs 36½ miles southeast, into Lavaca County, past the western edge of Shiner and its sewage treatment plant, crossing Alternate U.S. highways 90 and 77 and U.S. Highway 77, to its mouth on the Lavaca River, eight miles southeast of Hallettsville (at 29°20' N, 96°54' W). The stream flows through almost every soil type in Lavaca County. The area surrounding the stream was once noted for the production of cotton, but following 1960 most of it reverted to range, improved pasture, and the production of corn and grain sorghums. In early February 1836, while Texans were fortifying the Alamo against the invasion of Antonio López de Santa Anna, John Hibbins and his wife, Sarah Howard, his two stepsons, and Sarah's brother, George Creath, camped on Rocky Creek six miles north of the site of Sweet Home. In an attack by thirteen Comanches Hibbins and Creath were killed and Sarah and her two sons captured. Following the murder of the youngest son by the Indians, Sarah escaped and carried word to the Hornsby settlement on the Colorado River. The Indians were routed and the older son retaken by Bastrop County rangers near the site of present Austin.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article."ROCKY CREEK (GONZALES COUNTY)," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/rbr92), accessed December 11, 2013. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.