Bell Creek rises three miles west of Fashing in southeastern Atascosa County (at 28°47' N, 98°10' W) and runs south for five miles to its mouth on West Weedy Creek, seventeen miles north of Three Rivers in northern Live Oak County (at 28°42' N, 98°08' W). It crosses flat to rolling prairie with local depressions, surfaced by dark clay and sandy loams that support water-tolerant hardwoods, conifers, mesquite, cacti, and grasses. The land in the area is primarily used for dry-land farming and grazing. Bell Creek may have been named either for an early settler, Sebastian Bell, or because a family living near the creek hung a bell on the neck of a pet doe so that she wouldn't be shot.
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Margaret G. Clover, The Place Names of Atascosa County (M.A. thesis, University of Texas, 1952).
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.
Handbook of Texas Online,
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Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Original Publication Date:
November 1, 1994