Yettie Polk Park, located along Nolan Creek, was named for Yettie Polk who was swept away in the flood of 1913. The Polk family home was built beside the creek where the current bandstand is located. When a thirty-foot wall of water washed down the creek and destroyed the house, Mr. Polk was unable to save his family. His wife's body was found three days later. Also lost in the flood were four of his five children.
The year 1913 had been a difficult weather year. Historians called it “The Great Flood of 1913.” By late November, farmers in Bell and Milam counties prepared for more floods. Sure enough, a second flooding whammy hit Texas in early December. Unrelenting rains caused the Guadalupe and Trinity rivers to swell; the Brazos and Colorado rivers joined to inundate more than 3,000 square miles of Central Texas. Bell County coped with three solid days of rains.