Gum Pole

Gum Pole (Gumpole) was a farming community 1½ miles south of the Willow Springs Church and fifteen miles east of Sulphur Springs in eastern Hopkins County. The community was established before the Civil War by, among others, Esquire Caid, John Woodward, John Richmond, Marion Wheeler, Bill Rolph, and Tom Crump. The community is said to have been named for a house built of gum poles by Warren Wheeler. A school was constructed at the community in 1877 and continued operating until the 1930s, when it was consolidated with the Greenwood school. By the mid-1930s Gum Pole was no longer shown on the county highway map.

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Christopher Long | © TSHA

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Place type

Gum Pole is classified as a Town

Associated Names

  • [Gumpole]


Latitude: 33.11869800
Longitude: -95.34900600

Has Post Office


Is Incorporated