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New Year Creek

General Entry

New Year Creek rises (at 30°15' N, 96°30' W) two miles south of Gay Hill and runs southeast for twenty miles through Washington County before reaching its mouth (at 30°08' N, 96°11' W) on the Brazos River at the Waller county line. It traverses moderately sloping terrain, surfaced by loams and clays that support post oak and grasses. Tributaries of New Year Creek include Cedar, Peach, Tommelson, Sandy, Ralston, Davis, Little, Red Gully, and Rocky creeks. New Year Creek was named by members of the Old Three Hundred, among them Thomas Boatwright and Jonathan H. Kuykendall, who arrived with their families and camped on the banks of this creek about January 1, 1822.

W. O. Dietrich, The Blazing Story of Washington County (Brenham, Texas: Banner Press, 1950; rev. ed., Wichita Falls: Nortex, 1973).

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

Anonymous, “New Year Creek,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed March 05, 2021,

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