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BEAR CREEK (Hays County). Bear Creek rises eight miles northwest of Hays in northern Hays County (at 30°12' N, 97°59' W) and flows southeast for 16½ miles to its mouth on Onion Creek, a mile south of Manchaca in Travis County (at 30°08' N, 97°49' W). The stream is intermittent in its upper reaches. It flows over limestone and chalky soils in which Ashe juniper and live oak trees grow. From 1852 to 1872 Bear Creek was the site of Johnson Institute, perhaps the first Texas secondary school west of the Colorado River. After World War II the facilities of the old institute were renovated and developed by Walter Prescott Webb for Friday Mountain Ranch.


Tula Townsend Wyatt, Historical Markers in Hays County (San Marcos, Texas: Hays County Historical Commission, 1977).


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

"BEAR CREEK (HAYS COUNTY)," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 27, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.