Big Fivemile Creek rises in Flatonia, southwestern Fayette County (at 29°41' N, 97°07' W), and flows 13½ miles, first north, under bridges on U.S. Highway 90 and Interstate Highway 10; then west, past the State Highway 95 bridge; then southwest, back under U.S. 90 and I-10, then beneath the Southern Pacific railroad bridge. It empties into Peach Creek in Gonzales County (at 29°39' N, 97°13' W). Throughout its course the stream flows over sandy clay loams with cracking clayey subsoils, of middling agricultural value. Although there are some fields and orchards downstream, the area is used primarily for pasture. The vegetation in the area ranges from open pasture and cultivated fields with some encroaching mesquite and cedar to densely timbered bottomlands of mixed oak, cedar, sycamore, and hackberry with a yaupon understory. These undisturbed bottomlands interspersed with cleared uplands provide good wildlife habitat. The creek's name is possibly derived from its crossing of the Southern Pacific five miles east of Waelder.
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.
“Big Fivemile Creek,”
Handbook of Texas Online,
accessed May 18, 2022,
Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Original Publication Date:
Most Recent Revision Date:
November 1, 1994