WILLIAMS CREEK (FAYETTE COUNTY)
WILLIAMS CREEK (Fayette County). Williams Creek rises 1½ miles southwest of Hostyn in central Fayette County on lands originally granted to the Fayette County school system (at 29°49' N, 96°56' W). It flows easterly, through rolling prairie used for farming and ranching, for eleven miles to its mouth on the Colorado River, one mile southeast of the community of Mullins Prairie (at 29°50' N, 96°48' W). The stream was probably named for Samuel May Williams, who was granted land near its source in 1831. It flows through productive soils that exhibit well drained and firm calcareous clay layers to more than fifty inches in depth. For many years this soil produced excellent crops of corn and cotton, which was ginned locally and carried to the railroad at La Grange or Schulenburg. With the passing of cotton production during the 1950s and 1960s, much of the land was converted to improved pasture for beef cattle and an increased production of grain. Vegetation along the stream consists of a mixture of oak, cedar, hackberry, and sycamore, with willows in wetter sites and, near the Colorado River, pecans.