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CLAY CREEK. Clay Creek rises in the Clay Creek oilfield four miles west of Independence in Washington County (at 30°17' N, 96°23' W) and runs north for five miles to its mouth on Yegua Creek, at the Burleson county line (at 30°21' N, 96°25' W). The surrounding moderately sloping terrain is surfaced mainly by clay that supports post oaks and grass. The creek was probably named for the Clay family, who settled in the area during the time of the republic.


Joe B. Frantz and Mike Cox, Lure of the Land: Texas County Maps and the History of Settlement, ed. Roger A. Griffin (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1988).


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

"CLAY CREEK," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed October 13, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.