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GUNSIGHT, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Stephens County, Panhandle* / North Central Texas
CR 157 - Just E of US 183
18 Miles S of Breckenridge

Population: 0006 (1990)

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Gunsight Tx church
A church in Gunsight. More Texas Churches
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2007

History on a Pecan Shell

In view of the Gunsight Mountains, the town was settled in the late 1870s with a post office being granted in 1880 when the population was 50. The town was all set for a boom with the discovery of oil in the 1920s. The town also had the benefit of being near the railroad (The Wichita Falls and Southern). The boom only raised the population to 150 and Gunsight lost both its railroad connection and its post office in the 1920s. The town's history from that point on is only known to a few.

It no longer appears on the state map and the population is given as a mere six people. The TxDoT County map shows the town in the smallest of print and a small cemetery at the site.
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A Visit to Gunsight, Texas

Photographer's Note
Remote towns, just dots on the map, such as Gunsight and Eolian often yield the most interesting subjects - Barclay Gibson
Gunsight Tx church and historical marker
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Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2007
Gunsight Tx His and Hers
His and Hers
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Gunsight Tx shed and cactur
Cactus in Gunsight
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Gunsight Tx old house
Once a home
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2007
Gunsight

(From Cut and Shoot, Gun Barrel City, Gunsight, Point Blank and Winchester, "Texas Tales" column by Mike Cox)

"The stereotypical Texan is seldom gun shy when it comes to settling a difficulty with violence, a mythology reflected in the number of Lone Star communities with names evocative of rough and tumble ways.

At least five such towns come to mind: Cut and Shoot, Gun Barrel City, Gunsight, Point Blank and Winchester...

Gunsight, a mostly ghost town in Stephens County with only six residents as of the last census, dates back to 1879. It was named for a set of low mountains that from a distance look like the V-shaped notch in the middle of a gunsight.

A year after its settlement, Gunsight got a post office which lasted it until the Breckenridge oil boom of the late teens played out in the 1920s when the Wichita Falls and Southern Railroad closed its station there..."
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Stephens County - Gunsight Tx Historical Marker
Gunsight Community Historical Marker on CR 157
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2007
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Gunsight, Texas Historical Marker Text
Gunsight Community
Records indicate that Gunsight existed on a wagon road from Fort Griffin to Stephenville in 1858. Settlement of the town, however, did not occur until the 1870s. The first recorded burial here was that of Lewis McCleskey in 1877. Gunsight developed as a stage stop and by 1880 contained a post office, school, two churches, gristmill, general store, and a cotton gin. The local economy, sustained by cotton farming and ranching, was boosted by an area oil boom in the 1920s. The town began a steady decline after World War II and today consists of a few houses, a few buildings, and this cemetery. (1995)
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