Wills Point is a city in Van Zandt County, Texas, United States. The population was 3,524 at the 2010 census.
Downtown Wills Point
|Nickname(s): The Bluebird Capital of Texas|
Location of Wills Point, Texas
|Coordinates: 32°42′31″N 96°0′23″W|
Founded in 1873, Wills Point gets its name from an early American settler, William Wills, who had arrived in the areacirca 1848. Wills eventually purchased a cabin from Adam Sullivan in 1852 . The name 'point' may also derive from the shape of the original timberline near the cabin, though there have been unsubstantiated arguments that the name relates to the area's elevation. The layout of the city was the work of engineer General Grenville M. Dodge of the California Construction Company. The downtown streets were laid with red bricks upon packed sand in the 1920s by locals and remain in use. Downtown Wills Point has many of its original buildings that are over one hundred years old including the Wills cabin, a drug store, a dry good store, and a law office. GovernorGeorge W. Bush officially named Wills Point the Bluebird Capital of Texas in 1995.
The Majestic Movie theater was opened in 1926 by Karl C. LyBrand and was still family operated by Karl C. Lybrand III until its closure on October 4, 2010. It had been the oldest continuously operated movie theater in Texas run by a single family.
The Bruce & Human Drug Company, located on the corner of 4th Street and James, was built in 1879 and is the oldest family owned drug store in Texas.
Wills Point is also the final resting place for Trailblazer, the first commercially operated monorail system in the United States.
Wills Point is located at (32.708622, -96.006512).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.6 square miles (9.3 km²), all land.
Wills Point and the surrounding unincorporated areas are served by the Wills Point ISD. It is administered by Superintendent Joe Oliver. As of 2006, there are five schools: Wills Point Primary School (Pre-K through 1st grades), E.O. Woods Intermediate School (2nd, 3rd,& 4th), Wills Point Middle School (5th & 6th), Wills Point Jr. High (7th & 8th), and Wills Point High School (9th - 12th). The Wills Point High School Tigers football team won the 1A State Championship in 1965.