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CHEROKEE CREEK (Llano County). Cherokee Creek rises 5½ miles west of Magill Mountain in northwestern Llano County (at 30°54' N, 98°52' W) and runs northeast for forty-one miles to its mouth on the Colorado River in San Saba County (at 31°07' N, 98°30' W). The stream was identified as Marble Creek before 1841, but surveys in that year designate it as Mineral Creek. It was named Cherokee on November 4, 1854, by a deputy surveyor of the Fisher-Miller Land Grant. The name came either from a battle fought near the stream's mouth on December 25, 1839, between the Cherokee Indians and a group of frontiersmen under the command of Edward Burleson, or from the Cherokee wife (Polly Ann Rogers) of a settler in the area. At one point the creek is dammed to form a lake. The surrounding flat to gently sloping uplands are surfaced by clay and sandy loams that support live oak, mesquite, Ashe juniper, and grasses.


Alma Ward Hamrick, The Call of the San Saba: A History of San Saba County (San Antonio: Naylor, 1941; 2d ed., Austin: Jenkins, 1969).


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

"CHEROKEE CREEK (LLANO COUNTY)," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed July 06, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.