Located just inside the Parker County line on what is now Highway 180 at the Vietnam Memorial, Rock Creek was a booming coal mining town in the early 1900’s. It was named for the creek that runs nearby. The town grew to as many as 1,500, more than half of which were foreign born, primarily Mexican escaping the hardships of the Porferio Diaz regime. The mines supplied coal to area residents, including those living in Weatherford. When the mines closed, many workmen moved to Thurber to continue in the mining trade.