sidebar menu icon


WILLIAMS CREEK (Fayette County). Williams Creek rises 1½ miles southwest of Hostyn in central Fayette County on lands originally granted to the Fayette County school system (at 29°49' N, 96°56' W). It flows easterly, through rolling prairie used for farming and ranching, for eleven miles to its mouth on the Colorado River, one mile southeast of the community of Mullins Prairie (at 29°50' N, 96°48' W). The stream was probably named for Samuel May Williams, who was granted land near its source in 1831. It flows through productive soils that exhibit well drained and firm calcareous clay layers to more than fifty inches in depth. For many years this soil produced excellent crops of corn and cotton, which was ginned locally and carried to the railroad at La Grange or Schulenburg. With the passing of cotton production during the 1950s and 1960s, much of the land was converted to improved pasture for beef cattle and an increased production of grain. Vegetation along the stream consists of a mixture of oak, cedar, hackberry, and sycamore, with willows in wetter sites and, near the Colorado River, pecans.

Image Use Disclaimer

All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.

For more information go to:

If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.


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

Handbook of Texas Online, "Williams Creek (Fayette County)," accessed November 22, 2017,

Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.