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SCALP CREEK. Scalp Creek rises in two branches in northeastern Menard County. West Scalp Creek rises ten miles north of Menard (at 31°03' N, 99°48' W) and runs southeast for eight miles to join East Scalp Creek. The latter rises nine miles northeast of Menard (at 31°02' N, 99°44' W) and runs south for five miles. Scalp Creek proper begins at the confluence of the branches, five miles northeast of Menard (at 30°59' N, 99°44' W), and runs southeast for five miles to its mouth on the San Saba River, four miles east of Menard (at 30°55' N, 99°43' W). The area's flat terrain has local deep dissections and is surfaced by shallow, stony soil that supports oak, juniper, mesquite, and grasses. Although no one knows exactly how the creek came by its name, several stories circulate locally about Indian attacks said to have occurred near the creek.


Menard County Historical Society, Menard County History-An Anthology (San Angelo: Anchor, 1982).


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

"SCALP CREEK," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed September 02, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.