Members Only Area
Bookmark and Share
sidebar menu icon

STEELE CREEK, TX

STEELE CREEK, TEXAS. The Steele Creek community was on Steele Creek three miles northwest of Thornton in southwestern Limestone County. The creek was probably named for local settler and San Jacinto veteran Alfonso Steele. The community was also known as Tidwell for David J. Tidwell, an early pastor who held annual camp meetings at the Methodist church. The Steele Creek post office opened in 1856 with Tidwell as postmaster. In the 1850s the community had two stores, a church, and a cemetery. The post office closed in 1866, reopened for a few months in 1868, but was finally discontinued; mail for Steele Creek residents was sent to Springfield. Residents probably moved to Thornton after the Houston and Texas Central Railway was constructed in the 1870s. A few scattered houses appeared on county maps of the Steele Creek area in the 1940s, but the site was not named.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 
John J. Germann and Myron Janzen, Texas Post Offices by County (1986). Ray A. Walter, A History of Limestone County (Austin: Von Boeckmann–Jones, 1959).
Vivian Elizabeth Smyrl

Image Use Disclaimer

All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.

For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml

If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.

Citation

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

Handbook of Texas Online, Vivian Elizabeth Smyrl, "Steele Creek, TX," accessed July 27, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hrsqn.

Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

Texas AlmanacFor more information about towns and counties including physical features, statistics, weather, maps and much more, visit the Town Database on TexasAlmanac.com!