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SCOTTS CREEK. Scotts Creek (or Scott's Bayou) rises one-quarter mile east of Pruitt in southern Cass County (at 35°54' N, 94°21' W). Intermittent in its upper reaches, the stream flows south nine miles to its mouth on Black Cypress Bayou, one mile north of Jefferson in Marion County (at 32°47' N, 94°20' W). Scotts Creek serves as a tributary to Ferry and Caddo lakes through Black Cypress and Big Cypress bayous. The banks of the creek are densely forested with native East Texas hardwoods like white oak, pin oak, red oak, sweet gum, and ash. The area surrounding the portion of Scott's Creek that parallels State Highway 59 in Marion County is designated as part of the Texas Wildflower Trail system. The creek probably received its name from the large William T. Scott clan that settled throughout the Caddo Lake region of Marion and Harrison counties in the early 1840s.

Mark Howard Atkins


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

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