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COLES CREEK. Coles Creek rises in northern Washington County (at 30°20' N, 96°16' W) and runs east for seven miles to its mouth on the Brazos River, two miles north of Washington-on-the-Brazos (at 30°21' N, 96°10' W). It was named for John P. Coles, who received a land grant on it from the Austin colony. The surrounding gently sloping to moderately steep terrain is surfaced by deep, fine sandy loam that supports hardwood forests and conifers. Toward the mouth of the creek the terrain levels, is marked by local shallow depression, and is surfaced by clay and sandy loam that supports water-tolerant hardwoods, post oak, and grasses.


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"COLES CREEK," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed August 04, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.