Wheelock, Texas

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Historic landmark in Wheelock
Historic landmark in Wheelock
Wheelock is located in Texas
Wheelock is located in the United States
Coordinates: 30°53′52″N 96°23′24″W / 30.89778°N 96.39000°W / 30.89778; -96.39000Coordinates: 30°53′52″N 96°23′24″W / 30.89778°N 96.39000°W / 30.89778; -96.39000
CountryUnited States
436 ft (133 m)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code979
GNIS feature ID1380767[1]

Wheelock is an unincorporated community in Robertson County, Texas, United States. It is located 15 miles northeast of Bryan and 11 miles southeast of Franklin.[2] Wheelock is located on Farm to Market Road 46 and Farm to Market Road 391.[3] It is part of the BryanCollege Station Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Wheelock's elevation is 436 feet (133 m), and it is located at 30°53′52″N 96°23′24″W / 30.89778°N 96.39000°W / 30.89778; -96.39000 (30.8976902, -96.3899639).[4]


The town site of Wheelock was laid out in 1834 by founder Col. Eleazer Louis Ripley Wheelock (1793–1847), grandson of Dr. Eleazar Wheelock, D.D., the founder of Dartmouth College. It was near Dunn's Fort, an early site for protecting Anglo settlers in Robertson's Colony.[5] Eleazer L. R. Wheelock originally planned to name the community after Texas President Mirabeau B. Lamar, but the community was named after Wheelock, Vermont in 1837. Wheelock was considered as a site for both the Texas state capitol and the University of Texas in the 1830s. Wheelock grew as a cattle ranching and cotton farming community in the 1840s, and it became one of the most well-known towns in Central Texas.[6] A post office was set up in Wheelock in 1846. Wheelock became the county seat of Robertson County in 1850, though it lost that designation to Owensville in 1856. Wheelock began to decline in the 1860s when the railroad bypassed the town; many of its residents moved to Hearne, a nearby community with a railway station. In 2000, the population of Wheelock was estimated to be 225.[6]

The late State Senator William T. "Bill" Moore, sometimes called "the father of the modern Texas A&M University", was born in Wheelock in 1918.[7]


The real life events fictionalized in the movie The Sugarland Express occurred partly in Wheelock.

Hearne, Texas was named after the Wheelock resident who donated land for that town's railroad depot.[6]


  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "Wheelock, Texas, Robertson County".
  3. ^ County Grid Map Section 515 (PDF) (Map). Texas Department of Transportation. 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-06.
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Wheelock, Texas
  5. ^ "Robertson County". Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved 15 November 2012.
  6. ^ a b c "Wheelock, Texas". Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved 3 July 2009.
  7. ^ Robert C. Borden, "Bull of the Brazos dies: Moore was champion of Texas A&M," Bryan-College Station Eagle, May 28, 1999, pp. 1-3

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