Wilson, TX (Lynn County)


By: Donald R. Abbe

Type: General Entry

Published: 1952

Updated: October 1, 1995


Wilson is on the Santa Fe Railroad and Farm Road 400, thirteen miles northeast of Tahoka in the northeastern quadrant of Lynn County. It was established in 1912 by William Green of Shiner. Green intended to settle Central Texas German farmers on the old Wilson County School lands located in Lynn County, hence the town's name. A small number of Germans did arrive in 1912, beginning a trickle of German immigration that continued into the early 1950s. The town grew slowly, reaching a population of 250 in 1930, 400 from 1950 to 1970, and 578 in 1980. The economy of Wilson centered around cotton production and ginning. The agricultural depression of the 1980s damaged the local economy. In 1990 the population was 568. The population dropped to 532 in 2000.

Donald R. Abbe, The History of Lynn County (M.A. thesis, Texas Tech University, 1974).
Categories:
  • Peoples
  • Germans
Places:
  • Communities

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

Donald R. Abbe, “Wilson, TX (Lynn County),” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed July 05, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/wilson-tx-lynn-county.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

1952
October 1, 1995

Place
Wilson
Currently Exists
Yes
Place Type
Town
USGS ID
2412276
Town Fields
  • Has post office: Yes
  • Is Incorporated: Yes
Belongs to
  • Lynn County
Coordinates
  • Latitude: 33.31934020°
  • Longitude: -101.72749000°
Population Counts
People Year
568 1990
532 2000
489 2010
484 2019