Friday, March 31, 2017

If the Creek Don’t Rise

Village Creek
My first memory of this tiny place involves the actual rising of the mighty waterway, Village Creek. It had rained for days and this small tributary of the Trinity River not only overflowed its banks, but took out a bridge or two. My parents drove around the area looking at how far up the roads the water had progressed. To my young eyes, this was a forecast for a flood of Biblical proportions; I stared out the window of the car looking earnestly for Noah. What I didn’t know at that time was that Village Creek was not only a waterway, but a rural community.

Prior to the mid-1800s, Village Creek was home to several Indian villages. They and the Anglos enjoyed times of peace, but after a rather severe conflict, all of the villages were
Defunct golf course and pecan trees
destroyed by the Texas Rangers. The town grew slowly, but its death knoll was in 1876 when the Texas and Pacific Railroad bypassed it and chose to lay the tracks through the nearby community of Handley. Village Creek community persevered through the 1896–97 school year with an enrollment of 57 students and one teacher.

The Village Creek community is now home to the Alpine Shooting Range, a pecan orchard, and a defunct golf course. It is still a pretty area, particularly in the spring.

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