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SANDY CREEK (Austin County). Sandy Creek, a perennial stream, rises in western Austin County five miles east of New Ulm (at 29°53' N, 96°24' W) and flows northeast ten miles through mostly wooded country to its mouth (at 29°55' N, 96°17' W) on Mill Creek. Rolling to nearly level terrain is surfaced by sandy loam which supports stands of post oak-blackjack oak, elm-hackberry, and loblolly pine-shortleaf pine woods. White habitation in the vicinity began during the mid-1830s when German immigrants from the settlement of Industry began moving southeast down the valley of Mill Creek. These settlers helped to establish Cat Spring on the San Bernard River a few miles southeast of Sandy Creek. The sandy soils in this region have rendered the area unsuitable for agriculture; as a result, the timberland between New Ulm and Cat Spring remains sparsely settled.


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

"SANDY CREEK (AUSTIN COUNTY)," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 30, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.