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RUSH CREEK, TEXAS

Wise County, North Central Texas
North on Highway 730
18 miles NE of Decatur
1.8 miles N on County Road 2750

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Rush Creek Community Cemetery in Texas
The cemetery
Photo courtesy Gary Hall, 11-04
History in a Pecan Shell

The Handbook of Texas has four or five entries for Rush Creek (as watercourses) and one for a ghost town by that name in Navarro County. A more detailed history for this community may be available in Decatur, but for now, we're including the text from the recently erected (1998) historical marker:

"Named for a stream that flowed through the area, the community of Rush Creek contained a school, two churches and a cemetery. The oldest recorded burial is that of Harry Houston, infant son of John and Mary Houston, who died in 1875. The site contains 110 graves; nearly half are those of children under 20 years of age. Also buried here are veterans of the Civil War and WWI. Rush Creek declined in the 1930s when families left due to land erosion. Still active, the cemetery is maintained by descentants of those buried here."
Rush Creek Community Cemetery  historical marker, Texas
The Historical Marker at Rush Creek

Photo courtesy Gary Hall, 11-04
Photographer's Note:
We have sincerely been enjoying the information about the Ghost towns in and around the DFW area. We will have to share some of our findings about some of the visits we have had.

We just stumbled across an old City Cemetery, quite by accident. We were traveling North on Highway 730 above Decatur, when a cemetery sign showed up at the side of the road. It was also CR (County Road) 2750. We followed it and about 1.8 miles down, it appeared on the right, just before the one-lane bridge. It is slightly unkempt right now, but it appears that there are still some families being buried their to this day.... - Gary Hall and Tom Nix, November 07, 2004
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