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Wills Point Texas, Wills Point EDC

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Wills Point, Texas is the best place in Texas to LIVE, WORK & PLAY.

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Wills Point Texas, Wills Point EDC

  1. 1. invite you on this journey through the best kept secret in east Texas, Wills Point!    Celebrate our heritage, the past that set us on our course and the foundation for our future… Discover today’s treasures of entertainment, shopping and dining that make us a heritage tourism destination… Share our excitement as we engage in unique, fresh opportunities that will inspire you to share our vision… WE WON’T BE A SECRET ANYMORE!
  2. 2. Wills Point has a small town charm that attracts thousands annually to the historic brick streets! Below: The Caboose, located on Hwy 80, is a welcoming testament to the importance of our heritage. Left: The Rose Monument was donated to the community by I.E. Rose, the younger brother of B.W. Rose. The monument has tiers of basins for plants, a center projection that extends to a height of about 12-15 feet and attached to the projection are four light posts.
  3. 3. Did they realize as they laid each brick they were laying the foundation that our future would be built on?
  4. 4. Wills Point was built around the Texas & Pacific Railroad…. There have been 3 depots built to date. The existing depot was built in 1927 and now houses the Depot Museum
  5. 5. NEW BUSINESSES DOWNTOWN.. . ..NEW LOCAL RESTAURANTS Working to GROW Wills Point
  6. 6. RETAIL SHOPS, many in our historic downtown business district… Country Junction Quilt Store Our retail district includes dining and shopping in one area with both nationally recognized brands and family owned stores. The Greenhouse & Nana’s Corner
  7. 7. Fine Dining… Four Winds Steakhouse is located off of I-20 near Wills Point, TX. Located on a beautiful 1,100 acre East Texas ranch, Four Winds Steakhouse has built its reputation on serving the finest steak with the best service in the most serene of locations. Verona’s Italian Cafe Fine Steaks, Quality Seafood and Great Service in an Upscale Rustic Atmosphere Fine Italian Dining in a Warm, Inviting Ambiance on the bricks.
  8. 8. Wills Point also has all the services to provide for the needs of a business or a family… • • • • • • • • • • • • • Vision Care Family Dental Chiropractic Services Realtors Legal Services Electrolysis & Massage Therapy Salons & Barber Shops Assisted Living & Rehab 24 Hour Fitness Center Insurance Services Electronics & TV Repair Auto sales & service Churches
  9. 9. Wills Point is proud to be the Governor George Bush signing the proclamation. BLUEBIRD CAPITAL OF TEXAS The Texas Legislature declared Wills Point the Bluebird Capital of Texas on February 7, 1995 following the National Audubon Society’s determination that the community has hosted more bluebirds that any other area in Texas. Standing, left to right around the governor are Flora Wilson, former Senator David Cain, the late mayor Bobby Springer, Karen Springer, Buz Craft, Billy Mark Kinney, former Representative Bob Glaze, Brexton Collins, Theta Martin and Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace W. Ozelle Wilcoxson.
  10. 10. COME ON DOWN TO THE BRICKS… for exciting activities and events!
  11. 11. Brings thousands of visitors to downtown Wills Point every April during the nesting period of the Eastern Bluebird.
  12. 12. Historic Highway 80 Car Cruise This cruise takes a 4-city journey along Historic Highway 80! 2014 date: March 29
  13. 13. FOR OVER 30 YEARS Wills Point Riding Club UPRA RODEO 3RD Saturday in July
  14. 14. Wills Point High School student cover art on 2012 Texas Kids Aviation Art Calendar 2013 Improvements include: 6,000 gallon 100LL Avgas Construction of Terminal Building
  15. 15. Our PREMIER Halloween Event “BOO” on the Bricks in October Costume Contests for Kids and Pets Art’s & Crafts, Baby BOO and Stew” Cook-off! Trick-or-Treat & Big Kids, TOO Swap.
  16. 16. Christmas on the Bricks Arts & Crafts 5K Reindeer Fun & Pet Run LIVE ENTERTAINMENT & Annual Christmas Parade Classics on the Bricks Car Show 5k Reindeer Run
  17. 17. SMALL TOWN CHRISTMAS AT ITS VERY BEST!
  18. 18. Located just 10 miles north of Wills Point on FM 47, Lake Tawakoni offers 376 acres with more than five miles of shoreline and a variety of activities, including swimming, fishing, boating, mount ain biking, geocaching, hiking and
  19. 19. Home of the FIGHTING TIGERS!
  20. 20. The PRIDE of Tigerland… WPHS Marching Band UIL State Marching Award Winners! Award winning tennis program. Above: Tennis complex that includes a new tennis facility built in 2010 WPHS Baseball/Softball Park @ Lester Park
  21. 21. MORE BUSINESSES LOCATED IN THE WILLS POINT BUSINESS PARK…
  22. 22. Pam Pearson, Administrator P. O. Box 217 Wills Point, TX 75169 Office 903-873-3381 Cell 214-803-5621 Email EDC Board of Directors: President Paul Sharp Vice President Tom Mitchell Secretary/Treas. Dyde Manning Board Members: Rick Johns Mark Turner, Mayor
  23. 23. The City of Wills Point City Hall • Wills Point is located on historic Hwy. 80 approximately 38 miles east of Dallas from 635 (LBJ Freeway) and 45 miles N.W. of Tyler via I-20 • Wills Point Population - 2010: 3524 Population of Van Zandt County outside any city proper: 37,482. Wills Point businesses serve more than 10,000 residents.
  24. 24. 2013 Wills Point Chamber of Commerce Executive Board Chairman Vice Chairman Treasurer Bobbi Byford, TVEC Greg Ellis, Fairway Shoes John Frazier, Attorney Board of Directors Doug Bass Stan Brown Dean Ouimet Mary Russell Becky Thompson Kipp Wingo Tina Rosamond Sherry Scott-Moore Royce Pollard Bass Productions City Barber Shop Lone Star Grill Crestwood Edward Jones Investments Van Zandt Animal Care Center Murrey Motors Century 21 My Credit Union Chamber Staff Jennifer Ross President Chamber Volunteer Gene Epperson Contact the Chamber: Mail: PO Box 178 Wills Point, Texas 75169 Phone: (903)873-3111 Email: contact@willspointchamber.com Web: www.willspointchamber.com
  25. 25. The Majestic Theater In 1926, the theatre building was built to show the silent movies that were all the rage. Probably the most memorable thing during the silent picture days was the orchestra that won fame in our area providing musical accompaniment to the films. The orchestra played until talking pictures took over the screen in 1928. The first talking picture shown her was “The Girl From Woolworths” starring Alice White. It was the longest continuously operated movie house in Texas.
  26. 26. Rose Dry Goods Store Rose Dry Goods was established in 1873. It was originally in the Cedar Grove Community before it was relocated to the present site when the railroad came through Wills Point. B. W. Rose, the founder of the business, was a Jewish immigrant who came to America from his native Germany when he was 16 years old. The original building was a wood structure, but was bricked using bricks made south of Wills Point. There is no true record of the date of the building, but it is well over 100 years old. B. W. Rose died in 1922.
  27. 27. Wills Cabin In 1848, a man named William Wills, the namesake of our city, came to Texas from Tennessee three years after it was annexed into the United States. He settled on what was then titled “Government Vacant Land” owned by the state and obtainable by settlers living on a tract for 3 successive years. He was the first settler to come here and built his home, a wood cabin, at the point of timber between the Sabine and Trinity rivers.
  28. 28. Bruce & Human Drug It is the oldest family owned drug store in the state of Texas. Established by the late B. W. Bruce, it still remains in the hands of his family. It has been located on this corner since 1879.
  29. 29. The Green House The building was built and commissioned to the board of trustees of the First National Bank by the Howell family in 1895. The building is outlined by railroad tracks that the walls are built on top of. This was to deter any would be burglars from tunneling under the walls and into the bank. After the bank moved to another location, the building served as a city office, and then the post office. Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Mayberry bought the building in 1955, where they continued to operate the Greenhouse for over 40 years. The business is still family owned today.
  30. 30. Cotton Gins At one time, there were eight cotton gins locally, and 26 county wide. The Floyd Weeks Gin was the last working gin in Van Zandt County. The early ginners, cotton buyers and warehousemen played a vital role in Wills Point’s history, especially its economy.

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