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GARY CREEK. Gary Creek rises halfway between Rogstad and Ilseng mountains and three miles east of Cranfills Gap in western Bosque County (at 31°46' N, 97°46' W) and runs southeast for eleven miles to its mouth on Neils Creek, southwest of Clifton (at 31°43' N, 97°37' W). The stream, which is intermittent in its upper reaches, is probably named for William Gary, an early settler who apparently chose a headright near the stream while he was a member of one of George B. Erath's Indian expeditions. Gary Creek had become a center of Bosque County settlement by 1854, when Norwegians migrating from East Texas established homesteads in the stream valley.


Bosquerama, 1854–1954: Centennial Celebration of Bosque County, Texas (Meridian, Texas: Bosque County Centennial Association, 1954). William C. Pool, Bosque Territory (Kyle, Texas: Chaparral, 1964).


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

"GARY CREEK," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 28, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.