GIBTOWN, TEXAS. Gibtown is on Farm Road 2210 in the southeastern corner of Jack County. The surrounding countryside was called New Hope City by area farmers before a permanent settlement was established there. More settlers moved into the area during the late 1870s, and a townsite was surveyed in 1883 on land belonging to J. M. Cox and W. M. Burton. Gibtown became the retail and shipping point for truck farmers and stock raisers in Jack, Wise, and Parker counties. By 1895 many residents believed that Gibtown was second only to Jacksboro in wealth and population. Gibtown's population reached 400 in 1896, and around that time the town had three churches, several stores, a school, a hotel, a cotton gin, and a steam gristmill. But when the railroad reached Jacksboro in 1898, many of Gibtown's businesses moved away. Local farmers also left, as soil erosion reduced the land's productivity. The post office, established in 1883, closed in 1927. The population dropped to twenty-five by the early 1950s and remained at that level until 1966, the last year for which statistics are available. The 1983 county highway map showed only a cemetery at the site.
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, David Minor, "Gibtown, TX," accessed April 29, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hrg10.
Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Get Texas history every day,
with day by day
Each day's email tells a little bit more of the story of Texas and links to our collection of more than 27,000 articles