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INDIAN CREEK, TEXAS

Brown County, Panhandle / North Central Texas
FM 586
10 miles S of Brownwood
Population 28 (1990)

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Entering Indian Creek, Texas
Entering Indian Creek on FM586 near the south corner of Brown County.
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, March 2008
History in a Pecan Shell

Indian Creeks (as water courses) abound in Texas. There are 28 separate entries in the Handbook of Texas. Two towns are named Indian Creek, this one received a post office in 1876, giving it slightly more weight than the unincorporated Indian Creek near La Grange in Fayette County.

A school was built in 1877 and although the town had the basic business building blocks of a small town, it never really developed and remained tiny.

Writer Katherine Anne Porter was born in Indian Creek in 1890, and was buried in the Indian Creek Cemetery (two miles north) beside her mother in 1980.

Known to the family as “Callie,” Porter remembered her childhood in Indian Creek, although her Texas stories more closely resemble Kyle, Texas, where she once stayed with relatives. Her girlhood house in Kyle received a historical marker in the year 2000.

Porter’s remembrance of citrus trees on the family farm in Indian Creek questions her memory. (See forum below)

The Indian Creek school consolidated with the Brookesmith ISD before 1950.
Indian Creek church ruins, Texas
Remains of an old church in Indian Creek
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, March 2008
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Indian Creek old house, Texas
Old farm house
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Indian Creek School, Texas
What is left of Indian Creek School
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Indian Creek School, Texas
Indian Creek School ruins
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Indian Creek School, Texas
Another view of the Indian Creek School
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Indian Creek School, Texas
Indian Creek School in 2004
Photo courtesy Jim & Lou Kinsey, September 2004
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Indian Creek Texas Primary School  children 1915
Indian Creek Primary School 1915
"My father, Sidney Albert Drybread and his brother, Ashley are located 3rd and 2nd from left of middle row." - Betty Lou Drybread Moore, Katy, Texas, 6-1-07
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Indian Creek, Texas Forum

  • Subject: Indian Creek School Picture
    Dear TE, You have a school picture on your Indian Creek page in your magazine. It may include my grandma, Margaret Merle Hooper, who is most likely the girl in the upper left corner. I would love to contact whoever has the original picture in case they have any additional information about this picture. My grandma lived to be 96, and took me to an Indian Creek reunion when I was a teenager. My family was from Los Angeles, California but I now live in France. Thank you, Barbara Fearing, France, June 22, 2008

  • Indian Creek Citrus Mystery (Perhaps) Solved
    Dear TE, Thanks for the historical info on Indian Creek. I once attended that school while living on a ranch between there and Brookesmith. I was in the 3rd or 4th grade, I believe. The mention of citrus trees brings to mind that we had several pomegranate bushes, as did just everybody on the ranches / farms thereabout....so, it could be truly said that there were citrus trees in that area.

    I remember quite well walking about 2 miles to catch the school bus as it was awful in the winter and dangerous in the summer because of the rattlesnakes.....they gathered near the cow trails to catch mice, etc.

    I'm now 73 years young, but still remember those years vividly.- Lloyd Henderson, December 18, 2006

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