SPECKELS BRANCH. Speckels Branch rises in a tank a half mile southwest of Hellers Hill in north central Fayette County (at 30°01' N, 96°47' W) and flows west for 1½ miles to its mouth on Rocky Creek (at 30°01' N, 96°48' W). Throughout its course it flows through rolling terrain characterized by a shallow, friable sandy loam topsoil overlying a very firm clay subsoil that contains volcanic materials. These soils are easily eroded and generally poorly drained. They are poor for agricultural use and are used mainly for unimproved pasture and wildlife. Vegetation consists of mixed oak and cedar with scattered pines and a yaupon understory that provides fair wildlife habitat. The stream's name is derived from that of John Speckels, an early settler in the area who drove ox wagons loaded with cotton to Mexico to bypass the Union blockade during the Civil War.
Leonie Rummel Weyand and Houston Wade, An Early History of Fayette County (La Grange, Texas: La Grange Journal, 1936).
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