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WINGATE, TEXAS. Wingate, on Farm Road 53 thirteen miles northwest of Winters in northwest Runnels County, was named for W. J. Wingate, a Ballinger attorney. Pioneer families named Durham and Phillips settled there in 1890. A school opened in 1891, and the following year a post office was established one mile south of the site of present Wingate. Mary McKandles was postmistress. In 1917 a bank opened, and in the 1920s the community had eight businesses and a high school. A modest buffalo-ranching industry was launched by Vester Parrish in 1961. Wingate had a population of 250 and ten businesses in 1940. In 1980 and 1990 the population was 216.


Charlsie Poe, Runnels Is My County (San Antonio: Naylor, 1970). Kathleen E. and Clifton R. St. Clair, eds., Little Towns of Texas (Jacksonville, Texas: Jayroe Graphic Arts, 1982).

William R. Hunt


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

William R. Hunt, "WINGATE, TX," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 24, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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