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GILPIN, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Dickens County, Panhandle / West Texas
1 Miles S of State Highway 70
9 Miles SE of Spur
SE of Dickens
15 Miles N of Jayton

Population: 0000003 (2000)

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Gilpin Texas Store
Photo courtesy Rick Vanderpool, May 2010

History in a Pecan Shell

The community was originally named Poet, Texas when the post office first opened there in late 1908. Within a year it was renamed to honor county judge and early settler William B. Gilpin. Since Mr. Gilpin himself was the first postmaster, there may have been some favoritism in submitting the new name.

In 1909 the Stamford and Northwestern Railroad arrived, making Gilpin a stop. Early population figures arenít available but shortly after WWII there were 25 residents served by a single store.

In 1954 the post office was moved to Spur. Gilpin was removed from most maps but still appears on others.
1920s Dickens County map showing Gilpin
(Near Kent County line)
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
Gilpin, Texas
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