Donahoe Creek (Williamson County)

By: Mark Odintz

Type: General Entry

Published: 1952

Updated: December 1, 1994

Donahoe Creek rises just east of Jarrell in north central Williamson County (at 30°49' N, 97°36' W) and runs east for thirty-four miles through northern Williamson County and southeastern Bell County to its mouth on the Little River, six miles west of Buckholts in western Milam County (at 30°50' N, 97°12' W). The Texan Santa Fe expedition probably camped by the creek in 1841, though at that time they called it Deer Creek; the name Donahoe may derive from a merchant who participated in the expedition. The banks of the stream are heavily wooded in places with oak and mesquite, which were an important source of timber for early settlers in the area. The creek traverses gently sloping to gently rolling terrain with clayey soils used predominantly as cropland.

Clara Stearns Scarbrough, Land of Good Water: A Williamson County History (Georgetown, Texas: Williamson County Sun Publishers, 1973).

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

Mark Odintz, “Donahoe Creek (Williamson County),” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 22, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

December 1, 1994