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GILLILAND, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Knox County, Texas Panhandle / North Central Texas
FM 1756
46 Miles SE of Quanah
46 Miles SW of Vernon
About 70 Miles SW of Wichita Falls

Population: 00025 (2000)

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Gilliland Texas School Gym
Inside the old gym
TE Photo, September 2009
History in a Pecan Shell

First known as Coyote, Texas when settlement began in the early 1870s, the community was a mix of people looking for new beginnings. In the early 1890s this included a group of Norwegians who transmigrated from Bosque County.

A school district was established in the Spring of 1892 with classes beginning in 1895. District judge W. A. Gilliland became the town’s namesake when the opening of a post office in 1907 demanded an official name. The first post office was in the home of O.M. Olsen.

Several neighboring schools merged with the Gilliland school and the present abandoned school appears to date from the 1930s. After WWII high school students attended class in Munday, while elementary classes continued in Gilliland.

In the mid 1920s the community’s population was estimated to be a mere 50 residents, but shortly after WWII it was reported as 120. The population estimate remained at 103 from the early 1970s through the 1990 census, declining to 25 for the 2000 count.

Today the community consists of the ruins of the 1930 school, grain silos and a few former businesses being reclaimed by nature – although the community center is in good repair and still in use.

A Visit to Gilliland:

Gilliland Texas School entrance

Visitors please check in with school office
TE Photo, September 2009

Gilliland Texas 1930 school ruins
One method of discouraging cattle from attending classes
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TE Photo, September 2009
Gilliland Texas old gas pumps

Old gas pumps in "downtown" Gilliland.
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Gilliland Texas old store ruins

More of dowtown Gilliland.
TE Photo, September 2009
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Gilliland, Texas
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