Gist, TX

By: Robert Wooster

Type: General Entry

Published: 1952

Updated: January 1, 1995

Gist, on State Highway 62 in extreme southeastern Jasper County ten miles northwest of Orange, was named for developer J. P. Gist. It served the sawmills and logging camps set up along the Orange and Northwestern Railway, which was completed from Orange to Buna in 1902. C. E. Slade operated lumber camps along the Newton-Jasper county line near Gist as early as 1903. A post office opened at Gist in 1912; that same year Gist granted S. M. Tomme and Sons the privilege of building a saw and planing mill, houses, and logging roads at the locale. In 1922 the Sabine and Neches Valley Railway linked Gist to Deweyville, thus providing additional outlets for local timber production. Gist's population was estimated at forty by the early 1940s. Although the Sabine and Neches Valley line was abandoned in 1945, the population of Gist was reported as sixty as late as 1968. The Gist sawmill and a church marked the dispersed community in 1986.

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

Robert Wooster, “Gist, TX,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 20, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

January 1, 1995

Currently Exists
Place Type
Town Fields
  • Has post office: No
  • Is Incorporated: No
Belongs to
  • Jasper County
Associated Names

Slade's Camp

  • Latitude: 30.27437450°
  • Longitude: -93.90572870°
Population Counts
People Year
20 2009