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GILLS BRANCH. Gills Branch (Gills Creek) rises northeast of Bastrop in central Bastrop County (at 30°07' N, 97°17' W) and runs southwest for three miles, passing through the community before reaching its mouth on the Colorado River, on the town's southern edge (at 30°06' N, 97°19' W). The creek runs through nearly level terrain. Where the surrounding area is undeveloped, it is surfaced by loamy soils that support mixed vegetation-post oak woods, grasslands, pine forests, and croplands. Gills Branch, along with nearby Piney Creek, flooded in 1869 and inundated Bastrop.


Bastrop Historical Society, In the Shadow of the Lost Pines: A History of Bastrop County and Its People (Bastrop, Texas: Bastrop Advertiser, 1955).


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

"GILLS BRANCH," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 27, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.