BOIS D'ARC CREEK (GRAYSON COUNTY)
BOIS D'ARC CREEK (Grayson County). Bois d'Arc Creek rises two miles northwest of Whitewright in southeastern Grayson County (at 33°32' N, 96°26' W), runs northeast across Fannin County, and eventually forms a natural boundary between Fannin and Lamar counties before its confluence with the Red River (at 33°50' N, 95°51' W). The stream, intermittent in its upper reaches, is sixty miles long. It flows over the permeable, clayey soils of Grayson County and the highly calcareous Catalpa clay of Fannin County. South of Bois d'Arc Creek in Fannin County is a cove, part of a chalk escarpment. As a sizable tributary to the Red River, Bois d'Arc Creek was significant to the early history of Fannin County. Along it the settlement of the county progressed rapidly after the arrival of Daniel Rowlett and six families in early 1836. En route to the Alamo, David Crockett wrote to his family about "Bodark Bayou," the richness of the area, and the possibility that he would settle in the vicinity. Fort Inglish, which provided protection for the early settlers of Fannin County, was located on Bois d'Arc Creek. The stream also provided the original name of the county seat, which was called Bois d'Arc at its establishment in 1843 but renamed Bonham in 1844.
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, Donna J. Kumler, "Bois D'arc Creek (Grayson County)," accessed January 24, 2017, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/rhb25.
Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.