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METHEGLIN CREEK

METHEGLIN CREEK. Metheglin Creek rises in eastern Coryell County (at 31°18' N, 97°32' W) and runs southeast for eight miles to its mouth (at 31°13' N, 97°30' W) on Belton Lake, twelve miles northwest of Temple in northern Bell County. The local terrain is generally rolling prairie with local steep slopes; it is surfaced by clay loams that support oak, juniper, and grasses. There are two stories of how the stream got its name. The first is that the wife of Horatio Morrison, an early settler who called his wife "Honey," fell into the creek. When the event was talked about later, someone who disliked a local ban on strong drink remarked that at least there would now be plenty of metheglin (mead). The second version is that Morrison was called "Honey" by his wife. He made and sold metheglin, but made and drank whiskey. One day when he went to the creek to get water for his wife, he lost his balance and fell in. A passerby saw him and suggested "Metheglin" as the name for the creek.

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