ROSS CREEK. Ross Creek rises 2½ miles northwest of Fayetteville in eastern Fayette County (at 29°55' N, 96°42' W) and runs south for 9½ miles to its mouth on the Colorado River (at 29°49' N, 96°45' W). The upper half of the creek flows through relatively poor soils with loose sandy gravel that is extensively mined for construction purposes. As the stream enters the Colorado River floodplain, the soils flanking it range from a fine sandy loam upper level over a firm clay subsoil to productive soils that support good crops of grain, pecans, and hay. The creek runs through rolling terrain. Its name is derived from that of James J. Ross, one of Austin's Old Three Hundred, who settled on the flat bottomland near the Colorado River.
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