BELL CREEK. Bell Creek rises three miles west of Fashing in southeastern Atascosa County (at 28°47' N, 98°10' W) and runs south for five miles to its mouth on West Weedy Creek, seventeen miles north of Three Rivers in northern Live Oak County (at 28°42' N, 98°08' W). It crosses flat to rolling prairie with local depressions, surfaced by dark clay and sandy loams that support water-tolerant hardwoods, conifers, mesquite, cacti, and grasses. The land in the area is primarily used for dry-land farming and grazing. Bell Creek may have been named either for an early settler, Sebastian Bell, or because a family living near the creek hung a bell on the neck of a pet doe so that she wouldn't be shot.
Margaret G. Clover, The Place Names of Atascosa County (M.A. thesis, University of Texas, 1952).
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