Highlander Cattle


The first community postmaster, Fred W. Anderson, is credited with naming this community. Arriving with other hopeful homesteaders from Minnesota, Anderson drew the attention of local business owners who prodded him to request area postal services. When Anderson submitted his application, he christened the town using his middle name. Now a small settlement, Willard was once an important ranching area for the Texas Standard Cattle Company. Thousands of Longhorn cattle were herded to Willard in the late 1800s where they were fattened during the summer before being sent to Chicago markets for slaughter.