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ROCKY CREEK (Grimes County). Rocky Creek, also known as Stoney Creek, is a perennial stream that rises one mile north of Roan's Prairie in central Grimes County (at 30°52' N, 95°53' W) and flows northeast seventeen miles through mostly open country to its mouth on the Navasota River (at 30°49' N, 95°55' W). Gently sloping to nearly level terrain in the area is surfaced by clay loam that supports post oak-blackjack oak, elm-hackberry, water oak-elm, and pecan-elm timber along the banks. Anglo-American habitation in the vicinity of the stream began in the early 1830s when Anthony D. Kennard and Joshua Hadley settled with their families on the north bank near the headwaters. About 1841 Alabama planter Willis I. Roan opened a general merchandise store and soon became postmaster of the community of Roan's Prairie. Settlement of the lower creek was underway by 1843, when William W. Arrington purchased the site of a number of sulphur springs and established a health resort. In 1860 a four-story, 100-room hotel was constructed at the spa, in the vicinity of which the community of Piedmont developed following the Civil War.


Grimes County Historical Commission, History of Grimes County, Land of Heritage and Progress (Dallas: Taylor, 1982). Robin Navarro Montgomery, The History of Montgomery County (Austin: Jenkins, 1975).


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

"ROCKY CREEK (GRIMES COUNTY)," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 27, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.