Wills Point, Texas

Coordinates: 32°42′31″N 96°0′23″W / 32.70861°N 96.00639°W / 32.70861; -96.00639
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Wills Point, Texas
Downtown Wills Point
Downtown Wills Point
The Bluebird Capital of Texas
Location of Wills Point, Texas
Location of Wills Point, Texas
Coordinates: 32°42′31″N 96°0′23″W / 32.70861°N 96.00639°W / 32.70861; -96.00639
CountryUnited States
CountyVan Zandt
 • Total3.68 sq mi (9.53 km2)
 • Land3.67 sq mi (9.49 km2)
 • Water0.02 sq mi (0.04 km2)
531 ft (162 m)
 • Total3,524
 • Estimate 
 • Density996.18/sq mi (384.59/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code903
FIPS code48-79564[3]
GNIS feature ID1350240[4]

Wills Point is a city in Van Zandt County, Texas, United States. The population was 3,524 at the 2010 census.


Founded in 1873, Wills Point gets its name from an early American settler, William Wills, who had arrived in the area circa 1848.[5] Wills eventually purchased a cabin from Adam Sullivan in 1852.[citation needed] The name 'point' may also derive from the shape of the original timberline near the cabin, though there have been unsubstantiated 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 one 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 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. The Bruce & Human Drug Company, located on the corner of 4th Street and James, was built in 1879 and is the oldest family owned drug store in Texas.

Wills Point is also the final resting place for Trailblazer, the first commercially operated monorail system in the United States.

Gospel For Asia, a Christian ministry which has faced numerous lawsuits alleging misuse of donations, is located seven miles outside the city.


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).[6]

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


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen climate classification system, Wills Point has a humid subtropical climate, Cfa on climate maps.[7]


Historical population
2019 (est.)3,651[2]3.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
Wills Point racial composition as of 2020[9]
(NH = Non-Hispanic)[a]
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 2,578 68.8%
Black or African American (NH) 409 10.92%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 14 0.37%
Asian (NH) 10 0.27%
Pacific Islander (NH) 3 0.08%
Some Other Race (NH) 11 0.29%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 150 4.0%
Hispanic or Latino 572 15.27%
Total 3,747

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 3,747 people, 1,350 households, and 945 families residing in the city.


Wills Point and the surrounding unincorporated areas are served by the Wills Point ISD. It is administered by Superintendent Scott Caloss. As of 2006, there are five schools: Wills Point Primary School (Pre-K through 1st grades), E.O. Woods Intermediate School (2nd–4th), Wills Point Middle School (5th–6th), Wills Point Jr. High (7th–8th), and Wills Point High School (9th–12th). The Wills Point High School Tigers football team won the 1A State Championship in 1965.

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The city owns[12] Van Zandt County Regional Airport, which was known as Wills Point Municipal Airport prior to the 2007 approval of a major airport improvement project.[13]


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "Wills Point Chronicle." Obituary. 1924 June.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  7. ^ "Wills Point, Texas Köppen Climate Classification (Weatherbase)". Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved 2022-05-22.
  10. ^ https://www.census.gov/[not specific enough to verify]
  11. ^ "About the Hispanic Population and its Origin". www.census.gov. Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  12. ^ FAA Airport Form 5010 for F46 PDF. Federal Aviation Administration, Effective 26 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Van Zandt County Regional Airport". City of Wills Point. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  1. ^ Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.[10][11]

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