ROCK CREEK, TEXAS (McLennan County). Rock Creek is on a stream of the same name ten miles northwest of downtown Waco in northern McLennan County. Settlement of the area began shortly after the Civil War. Rock Creek grew quickly, and by the end of the nineteenth century it had a gin, several businesses, and two churches. Much of the community was destroyed by a tornado in 1913, and many residents chose to move away rather than rebuild. In the early 1930s the settlement had ten residents and three businesses; the number of residents had risen to sixty by the early 1940s but fell to twenty-five by 1945. Two businesses remained in the community in the 1980s, when the population was estimated at twenty-five. It was still twenty-five through 2000.
William Robert Poage, McLennan County Before 1980 (Waco: Texian, 1981). Vertical File, Texas Collection, Baylor University.
Vivian Elizabeth Smyrl
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