Gibtown, TX


By: David Minor

Type: General Entry

Published: 1952

Updated: January 1, 1995


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.

Thomas F. Horton, History of Jack County (Jacksboro, Texas: Gazette Print, 193-?). Ida Lasater Huckabay, Ninety-Four Years in Jack County (Austin: Steck, 1949; centennial ed., Waco: Texian Press, 1974).
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David Minor, “Gibtown, TX,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 22, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/gibtown-tx.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

1952
January 1, 1995

Place
Gibtown
Currently Exists
Yes
Place Type
Town
USGS ID
1378351
Town Fields
  • Has post office: No
  • Is Incorporated: No
Belongs to
  • Jack County
Associated Names

Coxton

New Hope City

Coordinates
  • Latitude: 33.03206430°
  • Longitude: -97.94837130°
Population Counts
People Year
20 2009