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POPHERS CREEK. Pophers (Popher, Paphar) Creek rises six miles northwest of Zavalla in southeast central Angelina County (at 31°14' N, 94°28' W). Intermittent in its upper reaches, it flows east 3½ miles into the Sam Rayburn Reservoir (at 31°14' N, 94°20' W); at one time it flowed about seven miles into the Angelina River. Pophers Creek crosses an area of undulating to moderately rolling terrain surfaced by deep to shallow loamy or sandy soils that support hardwood and pine forests. The creek was named for an Indian chief who chose to be executed in his son's place after the son was convicted of murder by white settlers.


Angelina County Historical Survey Committee, Land of the Little Angel: A History of Angelina County, Texas, ed. Bob Bowman (Lufkin, Texas: Lufkin Printing, 1976).


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

"POPHERS CREEK," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 26, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.