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UPPER KEECHI CREEK

UPPER KEECHI CREEK. Upper Keechi Creek rises in eastern Freestone County (at 31°36' N, 96°12' W) and runs southeast for fifty-six miles to its mouth on the Trinity River, three miles west of Wheeler Springs in Leon County (at 31°23' N, 95°42' W). It is intermittent in its upper reaches. The surrounding flat to low-rolling prairie is surfaced by clay and sandy loams that support hardwoods, pines, conifers, and grasses. The area is used primarily as dry cropland. The creek was probably named for the Keechi Indians, who were said to have camped on its banks. As of the late 1970s the Trinity River Authority had planned to build a 4,500-acre lake on the creek to be used as a generating plant by the Houston Lighting and Power Company and the Dow Chemical Company. The lake was to be called Upper Keechi Lake. In the early 1990s there was still no reservoir.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 
Freestone County Historical Commission, History of Freestone County, Texas (Fairfield, Texas, 1978).

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Handbook of Texas Online, "Upper Keechi Creek," accessed September 26, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/rbu01.

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