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JOHNSON CREEK (TARRANT COUNTY)

JOHNSON CREEK (Tarrant County). Johnson Creek rises near Interstate Highway 20 in eastern Tarrant County (at 32°41' N, 97°07' W) and runs northeast for thirteen miles to its mouth on the West Fork of the Trinity River, within the city limits of Grand Prairie in western Dallas County (at 32°46' N, 97°01' W). The stream, which is intermittent in its upper reaches, was probably named for Middleton Tate Johnson, who in the early 1840s settled at Marrow Bone Springs, which he renamed Mary Le Bone Springs, about three miles south of the present Arlington City Hall. Johnson owned a great deal of land in eastern Tarrant County and founded Johnson's Station near the creek. Settlement in the area continued in the 1850s. Johnson Creek traverses gently sloping to level uplands characterized by deep, loamy, moderately well-drained soils. The creek, which flows through Arlington and Grand Prairie, has been altered by much urban development along its banks. It forms the northern boundary of Six Flags Over Texas, an amusement park. In those areas where development has not been substantial, native plants such as honeysuckle, trumpet creeper, mustang grape, American elm, hackberry, oak, pecan, and cottonwood can still be found growing along the stream banks.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 
Julia Kathryn Garrett, Fort Worth: A Frontier Triumph (Austin: Encino, 1972).

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Handbook of Texas Online, "Johnson Creek (Tarrant County)," accessed September 30, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/rbj38.

Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.