South Texas Haunted Folklore: The Tale of Woman Hollering Creek

Written by Michael Mayes; Adapted by David Elder

The Woman Hollering Creek is located near interstate highway 10 between Seguin and San Antonio. 

But how did it get its name? 

Here is the tale of Woman Hollering Creek that author Michael Mayes heard as a young man:

A lot of creeks in Texas are literally named: elm creek, peach creek, brushy creek. If you ever come across an alligator creek, you can bet someone saw one there at one point.

But there’s one creek that goes against the grain of the boring literal names: Woman Hollering Creek.

No one really knows how it got its name but there are two tales that have the most support.

One tale ties into the story of La Llorona, the weeping woman who drowned her children and cries for them at night.

Here’s the other tale :

A settler family, a man, woman, and child, lived alongside what is now woman hollering creek.

One day, a band of Native Americans roamed further south than normal, saw the settler family’s cabin, and raided it.

The man was beaten, tortured and murdered. The same fate awaited the child.

The woman watched in horror, screaming for help, begging neighbors who were within earshot, to come and save her family.

Help never came.

The Native Americans saved her for last, murdering her as well.

If you are brave enough to go to the banks of the creek on a full moon, it is said that you can still hear the shrieks and wails from the upset, terrified and angry spirit.

This rendition of the Donkey Lady was written by author Michael Mayes of Texas Cryptid Hunter.

About the Author:

David Elder is the host and executive producer of the food and travel show Texas Eats on ABC KSAT 12 and NBC KPRC 2.