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RUNAWAY SCRAPE OAK. The Runaway Scrape Oak is a half mile north of Alternate U.S. Highway 90, ten miles east of Gonzales. On the night of March 13, 1836, the first night of the retreat known as the Runaway Scrape, Gen. Sam Houston and a force of nearly 400 men camped around this tree before moving on toward San Jacinto the next morning.


John A. Haislet, ed., Famous Trees of Texas (College Station: Texas Forest Service, 1970; 3d ed. 1984).

John A. Haislet


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

John A. Haislet, "RUNAWAY SCRAPE OAK," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 29, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.