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CRIER CREEK. Crier Creek rises 2½ miles northeast of Ellinger near the Fayette county line in northwestern Colorado County (at 29°51' N, 96°40' W) and runs south for 8½ miles to its mouth on the Colorado River, near the Shaws Bend community (at 29°46' N, 96°40' W). It traverses level to gently sloping terrain surfaced by dark gray, silty loam topsoils lying over mottled clay subsoils. These cover beds of gravel that are mined near the Colorado River for use in construction. Vegetation along the creek is often dense mixed oak and cedar, but in open areas the land is good for pasture and hay crops. The stream is probably named for John Crier, one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists. Crier explored the area before settling near Matagorda in 1827.


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"CRIER CREEK," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed October 07, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.