Wills Point, Texas

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Wills Point is a city in Van Zandt County, Texas, United States. The population was 3,496 at the 2000 census.

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History

Founded in 1873, Wills Point gets its name from an early American settler, William Wills, who had arrived in the area in about 1848 [3]. Wills eventually purchased a cabin from Adam Sullivan in 1852. The name 'point' may also derive from the shape of the original timberline near the cabin, though there have been unfounded arguments that the name relates to the area's elevation. The layout of the city was the work of engineer General Grenville M. Dodge of the California Construction Company. The downtown streets were laid with red bricks upon packed sand in the 1920s by locals and remain in use. Downtown Wills Point has many of its original buildings that are over a hundred years old including the Wills cabin, a drug store, a dry good store, and a law office. Governor George W. Bush officially named Wills Point as the Bluebird Capital of Texas in 1995.

The Majestic Movie theater was opened in 1926 by Karl C. LyBrand and was still family operated by Karl C. Lybrand III until its closure on October 4, 2010. It had been the oldest continuously operated movie theater in Texas run by a single family.

Wills Point is also proud of the Bruce & Human Drug Company, located on the corner of 4th Street and James, it was built in 1879 and is the oldest family owned drug store in Texas.

Geography

Wills Point is located at 32°42′31″N 96°0′23″W / 32.70861°N 96.00639°W / 32.70861; -96.00639 (32.708622, -96.006512)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.6 square miles (9.3 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,496 people, 1,306 households, and 889 families residing in the city. The population density was 976.3 people per square mile (377.0/km²). There were 1,424 housing units at an average density of 397.7/sq mi (153.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 80.06% White, 13.07% African American, 0.80% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 4.46% from other races, and 1.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.93% of the population.

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