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ROBINSON CREEK (Fayette County). Robinson Creek rises one mile northeast of the Byler Point Church in western Fayette County (at 29°54' N, 97°05' W) and flows north for five miles, to its mouth on the Colorado River, just below the mouth of Cedar Creek (at 29°58' N, 97°04' W). Throughout its course it flows through rolling terrain and soils with a fine sandy loam surface layer over a very firm clay subsoil. Because of its high erodibility, the land is rated from poor to fair for farming and is used primarily as unimproved pasture for cattle. Vegetation in the area consists of scattered clumps of oak mixed with cedar and a yaupon understory that provides good wildlife habitat. Near the Colorado River strip-mining operations have removed large quantities of gravel. The creek's name is derived from that of Joseph C. Robinson, an early settler who was captured by the Mexican Army during the Dawson Massacre. He was released from Perote Prison on March 23, 1844, and made his way back to Fayette County, where his detailed account of the affair provided much that is known of the fate of the men commanded by Capt. Nicholas Dawson.


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