Bedias Creek, a spring-fed perennial stream, rises four miles southeast of North Zulch in far southwestern Madison County (at 30°51' N, 96°06' W) and flows east for forty-seven miles to its mouth on the Trinity River, at the Houston county line (at 30°56' N, 95°37' W). The creek's lower course forms the border between Madison and Walker counties. The stream traverses gently sloping to nearly level terrain surfaced by loam and clay that support post oak, black hickory, pecan, elm, water oak, willow oak, black gum, hackberry, sweet gum, and loblolly pine trees along the banks. Settlement in the vicinity began during the 1830s. In the late nineteenth century Bullard was established on the north bank of the middle creek. Cross was founded on the south bank of the upper creek about 1900. The stream derives its name from that of the Bidai Indians, who inhabited land that is now in northern Grimes and southern Madison counties in the early nineteenth century.
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Grimes County Historical Commission, History of Grimes County, Land of Heritage and Progress (Dallas: Taylor, 1982). Madison County Historical Commission, A History of Madison County (Dallas: Taylor, 1984).
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.
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November 1, 1994