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SPRING CREEK (Collin County). Spring Creek rises 2½ miles west of Allen in southwestern Collin County (at 32°58' N, 96°37' W). The spring-fed stream follows a southeasterly course for 16½ miles, flowing over a moderately to gently rolling terrain surfaced mainly by clay. In 1857 the first generation of settlers of the county built the Spring Creek school along the stream's banks a mile northwest of the site of present Plano. Spring Creek flows through the industrial and urban areas of southeast Collin County and north central Dallas County. It passes through the city limits of Plano and just north of Richardson and Garland. Gravel pits and quarries have been built near the creek as it approaches Garland. The creek joins Rowlett Creek four miles northeast of Garland (at 33°05' N, 96°46' W), just before the latter passes under the tracks of the Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe Railway.


J. Lee and Lillian J. Stambaugh, A History of Collin County (Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1958).


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

"SPRING CREEK (COLLIN COUNTY)," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed July 06, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.