"Keeweechic's Wills Point" Wills Point by keeweechic

Wills Point Travel Guide: 22 reviews and 25 photos

"The Bluebird Capital of Texas"

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.

Photos which are taken by myself and all headings are copyright and digitally marked. Please do not use them without permission. Thanks.(c) keeweechic 2001-2008
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  • Last visit to Wills Point: Dec 2003
  • Intro Updated Feb 14, 2008
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  • acemj's Profile Photo
    Sep 4, 2005 at 5:41 AM

    You made me wait until the last tip for the bluebird!! It was worth the wait. Bruce Park looks interesting.

  • bugalugs's Profile Photo
    Aug 24, 2005 at 1:09 PM

    Is the Blacksmiths shop a listed building? could be on a par with our extension :-)

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Jan 14, 2005 at 5:40 AM

    Beautiful pictures, good writings and next interesting place to visit!

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Sep 29, 2004 at 8:37 PM

    what a lovely page of an unknown place to me...I like these old buildings, brekki at the Bluebird sounds good to me. love the bird ^..^tks for sharing I realy like tha Blue Bird..KW

  • b1bob's Profile Photo
    May 21, 2004 at 9:10 AM

    Nice job! Now I know why they named it the Bluebird Cafe. Human is a legitimate surname, though fairly rare. Therefore, the Human side of Bruce & Human is probably the name of an early partner.

  • janika's Profile Photo
    May 15, 2004 at 8:15 PM

    Neat page and ofcourse great write-up as always. I've been at a similar place here in Canada. Check my Smiths Falls page. Cheers! :)

  • Imbi's Profile Photo
    May 13, 2004 at 6:02 PM

    Loved the photo of The Old Caboose

  • tpangelinan's Profile Photo
    May 9, 2004 at 7:54 PM

    Great page, sounds like a fun historic place to visit! Wonderful photos and very helpful information and history lesson! Love the old building. :o)

  • sim1's Profile Photo
    May 9, 2004 at 12:37 AM

    Lovely page about this off the beaten path spot. The house in Terrell looks wonderful! Hahaha, and that is such an original name for the BBQ place, lol :-)))

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    May 8, 2004 at 1:43 AM

    a lovely page about a place, I never heared of ! ...and sometimes it is nice to see other architecture that just only gothic, baroque and rokkoko - This building in Terrell looks really great, like out of an old Clark Gable-movie...

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