Whitson is twenty miles southeast of Gatesville in the eastern corner of Coryell County. It was named for Numa M. Whitson, who moved to Coryell County in the mid-1870s. A post office began operation at Whitson in 1891, but it was discontinued in 1901, and mail for residents was sent to Moody in McLennan County. At one time Whitson had two cotton gins and a general store. The community reported a population of forty-two from the 1930s through the 1960s and thirty from the 1970s through 2000.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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50 2009 Local Officials