The Leon River meanders across Hamilton
County from Gentrys Mill to Providence to
to Jonesboro as it winds from Eastland County to Bell
County. During floods, the Leon become a mighty river as it
inundates much farmland. The Leon River extends from Cisco
in Eastland County, through Comanche, Hamilton, and Coryell
Counties to reach Lake Belton in Bell
River heads in Eastland County, comes into Hamilton County below
Lamkin, runs through the Bob Shockley farm. The old Stephenville
road crosses it on Mrs. Hobdy Mann’s pecan grove. Highway 66
(US 281) crosses it six miles north of Hamilton at the old Hico bridge.
Highway 22 crosses it near Ed Perry’s farm and orchard on the Cranfills
Gap road. Highway 36 crosses it at the new Jonesboro bridge.
(This bridge has been replaced with a higher bridge south of the one
referred to in this article.) It goes into Coryell County at the
old Jonesboro bridge, through Gatesville, and between Temple
and Belton meets the Lampasas and Salou, and the
three form Little River which finally empties into the Brazos.
Indians named the Leon."--Doris LaRue Stapleton and
Capt. C. E. Horton.
RIVER." The Handbook of Texas Online
RIVER - FLOODED, 1942