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MILLER BRANCH. Miller Branch rises in far western Colorado County (at 29°35' N, 96°45' W) 2½ miles north of where Farm Road 155 crosses from Colorado County into Lavaca County. It flows southwesterly for 6½ miles, past the Rees, Shimek, and Eason cemeteries and into Lavaca County, to its mouth on the Navidad River, 2½ miles south of Oakland (at 29°34' N, 96°50' W). The stream flows over terrain with dark clay and sandy clay loam surface layers up to eighty inches deep. The area is wooded with an often dense mixture of oak, willow, pecan, sycamore, and hackberry and an understory of yaupon, wild grape, and cedar. Before and during the Civil War the stream was known as Black Ivory Branch because runaway slaves lived in the jungle-like area surrounding its entrance into the Navidad River. It was renamed in honor of Ben Miller, who farmed the area during the 1870s and whose descendants still occupy land along the creek.

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