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