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INDIAN CREEK (Smith County). Indian Creek rises in southwest Tyler, central Smith County (at 32°20' N, 95°19' W), and runs west for about a mile to Bellwood Lake. Below the lake it runs along the north shore of Greenbriar Lake and then extends southwestward for five miles to its mouth on the Neches River, two miles southeast of Chandler (at 32°18' N, 95°27' W). The stream passes through flat to rolling terrain with some local steep slopes. The soil is a brown loam, and the vegetation along the course consists primarily of pine and hardwood forests interspersed with grasses; toward the mouth, water oak, elm, and hackberry forests predominate. The creek is dammed to form Bellwood Lake, and a branch runs northward into Lost Pine Lake. In 1936 Indian Creek Elementary School was located on the stream 5½ miles west of Tyler. It employed one teacher and had thirty-three students.


Edward Clayton Curry, An Administrative Survey of the Schools of Smith County, Texas (M.Ed. thesis, University of Texas, 1938).


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

"INDIAN CREEK (SMITH COUNTY)," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 27, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.