JONES CREEK (AUSTIN COUNTY)
JONES CREEK (Austin County). Jones Creek rises about a mile northwest of Shelby and a half mile east of the Fayette county line in western Austin County (at 30°02' N, 96°37' W) and runs southwest for six miles, passing into Fayette County and on to its mouth on Cummins Creek (at 29°57' N, 96°38' W). It traverses the Fayetteville Northeast oilfield. The area soils are a moderately deep sandy loam topsoil overlying dense layers of heavy clay interspersed with more sandy loam. The surrounding land is used for oil production and as pasture for cattle and horses. The creek's name may be derived from that of John Rice Jones, Jr., the first postmaster general of Texas, who in 1831 was granted a league of land on Cummins Creek.