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INDIAN CREEK, TEXAS (Brown County). Indian Creek, on Farm Road 586 in southern Brown County, was named for a local watercourse. In 1876 a post office was established in Francis Harris's general store, and that same year a school was built in Tom McAden's pasture. The community had two stores, a cotton gin, and a blacksmith shop in 1879. Indian Creek remained a small community. The writer Katherine Anne Porter was born there on May 15, 1890, and drew upon memories of Central Texas life in much of her writing. In 1945 Indian Creek had two businesses, a school, a church, and sixty residents. Its school was consolidated with the Brookesmith schools in 1948–49. The community's population in 1988 was twenty-eight. In 2000 no population estimates were available. County highway maps showed Indian Creek, as well as Indian Creek Cemetery three miles north of the townsite. The cemetery includes the grave of Katherine Anne Porter. Remnants of the old school are still visible in the area.


Joan Givner, Katherine Anne Porter: A Life (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1982). Thomas Robert Havins, Something about Brown: A History of Brown County, Texas (Brownwood, Texas: Banner Printing, 1958).

William R. Hunt


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

William R. Hunt, "INDIAN CREEK, TX (BROWN COUNTY)," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed March 30, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.