NEWTON CREEK. Newton Creek rises just southwest of Cedar Valley College in Lancaster in south central Dallas County (at 32°37' N, 96°46' W). Intermittent in its upper reaches, the creek flows northeasterly for five miles to its mouth on Fivemile Creek, just east of Interstate Highway 45 (at 32°41' N, 96°44' W). Two small streams, Floyd's Branch and White's Branch, are tributaries of Newton Creek, which has developed its course through the Blackland Prairies region. It was probably named for William F. Newton, who patented the land where it rises. The area around Newton Creek was farmed extensively in the late nineteenth century, but poor soil management and the consequent loss of productivity forced its abandonment as cropland. Today, although the creek lies almost wholly within the city limits of Dallas, an area ranging from about a quarter mile to a mile and a half on either side of the creek is undeveloped. The area around the creek is generally heavily wooded, with elm, ash, pecan, red oak, red cedar, cedar elm, and hackberry predominating. Near the midpoint of Newton Creek, a stand of horsetail club has been discovered; this plant, considered by many botanists to be the most primitive living vascular plant, is not known to exist anywhere else in Dallas County.
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, "Newton Creek," accessed January 23, 2017, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/rbn16.
Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.