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PASTOREN CREEK. Pastoren Creek rises (at 29°57' N, 96°33' W) in northwestern Austin County three miles southwest of Industry and runs east four miles through open country to its mouth (at 29°58' N, 96°30' W) on Post Oak Point Creek. It traverses gently sloping to nearly level terrain, surfaced by sandy and clay loams that support intermittent stands of post oak, blackjack oak, elm, and hackberry woods. Settlement in the vicinity of the creek began during the early 1830s. During the 1850s German immigrants, who had been settling in numbers in western Austin County since the mid-1830s, moved onto the prairie between Industry and New Ulm; Pastoren's Creek was probably named for one of these German pioneers. Many settled in the neighborhood of Jack (Jacob) Rinn's large farm, which became the nucleus of the Post Oak Point community a few miles south of the creek headwaters. Ernst Knolle established the first steam tannery on Pastoren Creek during the 1850s.


C. W. Schmidt, Footprints of Five Generations (New Ulm, Texas: New Ulm Enterprise, 1930).


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

"PASTOREN CREEK," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed October 06, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.