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HARRISON BAYOU. Harrison Bayou was historically known as Village Creek, a name originally given by early settlers. The creek rises in a series of springfed tributaries to the north and east of Scottsville in east central Harrison and flows in a generally northeasterly direction to its mouth on the southern shore of Caddo Lake (at 32°41' N, 94°06' W). The name of Village Creek was likely derived from the fact that at the time the Texas General Land Office opened in February 1838, the Caddo Indians still occupied what early settlers called the Middle Caddo Village which lay at the intersection of (present-day) Harrison Bayou and the (historic) Shreveport Road. The village was an important landmark used by early surveyors in the area.

The name of Harrison Bayou, which appeared on maps by the 1930s, was presumably named after Harrison County, which derived its name from Jonas Harrison. The surrounding gently undulating to hilly terrain is surfaced by loams and clays that support dense patches of pine and hardwood trees. The land is used predominantly for timber production and for agriculture.


Holland Anderson, Shelby County, First Class, File 000152, Original Land Grant Collection, Texas General Land Office, Austin. Jim Tiller, Before the Line, Volume III: Caddo Indians: The Final Years (2013), Electronic version available at Newton Gresham Library, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville. 

Rev. by Jim Tiller

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Handbook of Texas Online, Rev. by Jim Tiller, "Harrison Bayou," accessed October 22, 2017,

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