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MEUSEBACH CREEK. Meusebach Creek rises a mile west of U.S. Highway 87 in southern Gillespie County (at 30°10' N, 98°54' W). Intermittent in its upper reaches, the stream follows a northeasterly course for seven miles to its mouth on the Pedernales River, at the Old San Antonio Road southeast of Fredericksburg (at 30°10' N, 98°52' W). The stream supposedly received its name when John O. Meusebach got tangled in the undergrowth and fell backward into the water. Rising in the hills of the eastern Edwards Plateau, Meusebach Creek passes from an area characterized by steep slopes and limestone benches, which give a stairstep appearance to the landscape, into flat to rolling terrain. Clayey and loamy soils predominate, and vegetation consists primarily of grasses, open stands of live oak, Ashe juniper, and mesquite, and some live oak and Ashe juniper woodlands.


Ella Amanda Gold, The History of Education in Gillespie County (M.A. thesis, University of Texas, 1945).


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

"MEUSEBACH CREEK," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 29, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.