Gilliland, Texas

03 Feb

Knox County. 

About 70 something miles southeast of Wichita Falls lies this small farming community.  Gilliland is probably the smallest town I’ve found so far on my drives to and from the Panhandle.  A wild guess of about 20 people live here.  I could live here.  



Posted by on February 3, 2008 in Photography, Texas


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15 responses to “Gilliland, Texas

  1. Anna Surface

    February 4, 2008 at 7:49 am

    Wichita Falls is old stomping grounds for me. Hmm… I don’t remember Gilliland. Now that is an unusual vehicle… Part bus and part farm truck. Neat capture. 🙂

  2. dwp

    February 4, 2008 at 8:55 pm


  3. joyce

    August 23, 2008 at 9:13 pm


    Hey, could you tell me; was there a sign that said “welcome to Gilliland Texas”? I want to visit a town with my own name welcoming “me”.

  4. S. Gilliland

    March 29, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    I visited Gilliland Texas out of curiosity and because of the family name. My wife and I walked their beautifully kept cemetary in hopes of finding family names without success. There are no Gillilands in the Gilliland cemetary that we could find. It was rather surprising not to find at least one Gilliland. It appeared at one time there was a thriving small community with a nice school and several small stores. I wondered if maybe Gilliland Texas was a dust bowl casuality? There is a Gilliland Baptist Church and the Gilliland Community center which are still is use today. I would enjoy hearing of the History of this town with such a nice and usual name.

  5. S. Gilliland

    March 29, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    I did find more on “the handbook of texas online” about the history of gilliland texas.

  6. David M. GILLILAND

    July 23, 2009 at 12:40 am

    I David Gilliland (661-587-7949)contract electrical work in Bakersfield, CA 93306, USA. Website has some info. We are interested in geneolgy research. George Hiram GILLILAND (My paternal grandfather) migrated from Post City, Texas to Animas, New Mexico ca 1913, worked his home stead until migrating to Castac, Calif, Los Angeles County, Died 1972 El Monte, Calif, LA County.

  7. R. Redding

    February 7, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    My Grandparents were from Gilliland Tx.. and my parents went to the Big Gilliland school. I spent most of my life there. Riding horses, plowing, cattle and building fence.. Wouldnt trade it for anything. Just wish I could move back and raise my kids there. The Navratil’s and Miller’s are the family names.

  8. Mickey Maguire

    April 11, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    My family is from Gilliland. My great grandfather was Olie Olsen, who was the first postmaster. I was last there about 5 years ago. The house on the western end of town that Olie built is was still there, but starting to deteriorate. My grandmother (Kallybel Olsen Snow)and mother (Elsie Snow Maguire)were both born in the kitchen of this house and I remember spending weeekends there with my grandparents during havest time. The house that my grandfather (Claud SNow) built is all but gone now, just a few old overgrown walls. My mother and grandparents and aunt are all buried at the Gilliland Cemetary. The town has a “holy” feel to it for me: I never actually lived there but that’s where I come from. There are also a lot of SNow and Olsen family members buried in nearby Truscott. They’ll probably bury me in that red dirt one day.

  9. Nancy Brewer

    June 3, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Try locating Gillilands in and around Jacksborough, TX. The first and middle names were kept in the same family line as- George , Hiram, Moose , Jack etc.

  10. Steven Clement

    June 30, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    My great grandparents & grandparents spent some time living in Gilliland and my father was born in Gilliland in 1928. They were farmers who were driven out of Gilliland because of the dust bowl and became part of the “Grapes of Wrath” migration to California in 1933 to work as migratory workers in the cotton fields. My father went back to Gilliland twice and the first time in 1977 it took a while for him to find the “town”, but he finally found the Post Office. The picture shows a delapidate building no more than 20′ across. The next time he went, the Post Office was gone.

  11. Charles Woods

    October 1, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Hauled wheat into the grain silos in Gilliland,in 1960 ,nice small town then,haven’t been back.

  12. wildstorm

    December 15, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Thank you for your comment. I appreciate reading of people’s experiences in such towns.

  13. Brent R. Gilliland

    January 22, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    The Gillilands are a great Texas family name – part of The Old 300! I’d love to get down there, raise some cattle in retirement and get the old town goin’ again!

  14. Rene King Thompson

    November 6, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    My step-grandfather, John Edward Gilliland, and my grandmother had a picture taken in front of a church with a plaque that says Gilliland Baptist Church 1910-1957 pastor Otis Perry. Not sure if it was taken in Gilliland Texas or not. Just know that his family were connected to the church. Would love to learn more.

  15. Ellen Banks Rice

    September 16, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    My father, Edwards L Banks, was born in Gilliland in 1923. His parents were Jim and Lois Lowery Banks. I was there in 1977 for the Lowery family reunion with my infant daughter. Daddy was baptized at the Baptist Church as a young boy.


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