Bear Creek rises three miles northwest of Parsons in southeastern Parker County (at 32°37' N, 97°44' W) and runs southeast for fifteen miles, across nearly level to rolling land surfaced by shallow to deep clayey and loamy soils that lie over limestone. For most of the county's history the grassy Bear Creek area has been used as rangeland. One of Parker County's first schools was conducted under a large oak tree near the banks of the creek. Bear Creek flowed into the West Fork of the Trinity River until the early 1950s, when the stream was diverted to its present mouth on Benbrook Lake, ten miles southwest of Fort Worth in Tarrant County (at 32°36' N, 97°30' W).
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Gustavus Adolphus Holland, History of Parker County and the Double Log Cabin (Weatherford, Texas: Herald, 1931; rpt. 1937).
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