Birch Creek (Leon County)

Type: General Entry

Published: 1952

Updated: November 1, 1994

Birch Creek rises four miles south of Oakwood in northeastern Leon County (at 31°31' N, 95°50' W) and runs south for six miles to its mouth on Upper Keechi Creek, fourteen miles east of Buffalo (at 31°27' N, 95°50' W). Two and a half miles below its source the stream feeds Lake Leon, which is a mile long. The stream traverses sloping to nearly level terrain surfaced by sandy loam that supports post oak, black hickory, pecan, elm, water oak, and hackberry along its banks. Settlement in the vicinity began in the 1840s. About 1850 the Mount Pisgah community was established on the west bank of the upper creek near the headwaters of the tributary Red Branch.

Frances Jane Leathers, Through the Years: A Historical Sketch of Leon County and the Town of Oakwood (Oakwood, Texas, 1946).

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Anonymous, “Birch Creek (Leon County),” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 22, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

November 1, 1994