It is always fun to learn why something carries a particular name, and Alarm Creek in Erath County has always interested me. According to the Texas State Historical Commission, the creek was named when Major George B. Erath and a group of surveyors camped there while promising to sound the alarm should they see Indians.
Of course there is always a second story as to why things carry certain names. The one I especially enjoy happened about 1862 in Erath County when a young boy made a ride down the creek that would equal that of Paul Revere, warning settlers that over 300 Indians were bearing down upon them.
It did not take the settlers long to grab their families and make a run for the town of Dublin where they stayed for some days, never seeing an Indian. Some days later the settlers determined that it was all a false alarm and they returned home after having named the creek Alarm Creek.
Do I have personal knowledge as to how the creek received its name? I absolutely do not, but it is fun to speculate, isn’t it?
“ALARM CREEK,” Handbook of Texas Online
(http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/rba21), accessed December 30, 2011.