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PIPER CREEK. Piper Creek rises in northern Colorado County (at 29°54' N, 96°31' W) on the Missouri, Kansas and Texas line right-of-way about 2½ miles northeast of Frelsburg. The stream runs southwest for 8½ miles, passing Frelsburg before reaching its mouth on Cummins Creek (at 29°50' N, 96°35' W). The stream was named for Peter Pieper, original grantee of much of the land through which it flows. The area soils are sandy and silty loams that support hay and pasturage for cattle and horses. The area once produced good crops of cotton and corn. The German community of Kraewinkel was established during the 1840s in the forks of the creek. As the community grew, it moved to higher ground several hundred yards west and was renamed Frelsburg in honor of William Frels, pioneer colonist and participant in the Texas Revolution.


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

"PIPER CREEK," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 26, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.