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Wills Point, originally thought to have been called Iola, was named after William Wills, a tax assessor who settled in the area in 1846 when it was found that there was another town in Texas called Lola. The town is in Van Zandt County, northwest of Canton on Hwy 80. Wills' log cabin that he built a double log cabin which is now considered to be the oldest house in the territory. He then began purchasing land from the state on the Dallas-Shreveport Road and built corrals. He also kept supplies and furnished his log cabin to provide a stop off for travellers. Thomas J McKain arrived in 1873 and became the towns first mayor, express and freight agent as well as worked at the first store. In 1877 the residents tried to move the county seat from Canton to Wills Point but failed to obtain the necessary majority although most were in favour. This caused all kinds of problems, resulting in violence, and the state militia had to step in.
Wills Point became the first Van Zandt community to incorporate in 1884. Williams Wills donated land to the town to establish the White Rose Cemetery which resulted in 5 white churches and 2 black churches being built. This was followed by 3 schools, cotton gins, oil mill, hotels and an opera house also being built. The local economy came from cotton, hides, grain, hay, livestock, vegetables and fruit which was all transported by rail. During the middle of the 20th century, the town was also known for its wild roses, elms and pecan trees.
Wills Point is also known as the "Gateway to Tawakoni" because of the close proximity of the lakes recreation area.
Wills Point was just a passing through little town, small and rural and still retaining some of its past charm.
Outside the Wills Cabin sits the family's water well. more travel advice
William and Mary Ann Wills were very well known for their hospitality. Many who travelled the Dallas-Shreveport Road... more travel advice
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