This information on the town of Allison, Texas comes from the Handbook of Texas found online

Extract done by Debbie Morgan

ALLISON, TEXAS (Wise County).

Allison is a farm community on a spur of U.S. Highway 380, two miles west of the Denton county line in eastern Wise County.

The site was originally owned by cattleman Daniel Waggoner and his son William Thomas Waggoner.

In the 1870s outlaws Jesse and Frank James and Texas bandit Sam Bass hid from the law near the site.

In 1909, five years after the death of his father, W. T. Waggoner divided half of the family's ranch among his three children. In 1910 Electra Waggoner, W. T.'s daughter, sold her interest to J. L. Gamman and a syndicate of businessmen from Waxahachie and Dallas for $250,000. On the supposition that the land would be located along the route of a promised rail line between Decatur and Denton, Gamman and the syndicate laid out forty-six lots and constructed buildings, including a school. The lots sold quickly, and in 1911 the new community chose the name Allison in honor of E. M. Allison, Wise county judge from 1911 to 1915.

A general store, a blacksmith shop, and a church made Allison a community center for the corn and cotton farmers in the area. When the promised rail line did not materialize, however, the town failed. In 1990 only the church building and several houses were at the site.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Rosalie Gregg, ed., Wise County History (Vol. 1, n.p: Nortex, 1975; Vol. 2, Austin: Eakin, 1982).

David Minor

Recommended citation:

"ALLISON, TX." The Handbook of Texas Online. <> [Accessed Wed Aug 23 8:55:32 US/Central 2000 ].


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