Wilkins, TX

By: Christopher Long

Type: General Entry

Published: June 1, 1995

Wilkins, also known as Wilkins Mills, on U.S. Highway 80 twelve miles southwest of Gilmer in southwestern Upshur County, was first settled in the late 1870s as a stop on the Texas and Pacific Railway. The town was originally known as Wilkins Mills, and a post office under that name operated in 1879–80. The name was later shortened to Wilkins. A second post office opened in 1903 but closed the following year. In the mid-1930s the community consisted of two stores and a number of houses. After World War II the stores were closed, and by the mid-1960s only a cemetery and a few scattered houses remained. In 1990 Wilkins was a dispersed rural community. In 2000 the population was seventy-five.

Doyal T. Loyd, A History of Upshur County (Gilmer, Texas: Gilmer Mirror, 1966).


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Christopher Long, “Wilkins, TX,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed September 28, 2021, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/wilkins-tx.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

June 1, 1995