The town owes its development purely to the railway between Norseman and Esperance as it was a place where a
reliable source of water (needed for steam engines) could be found.
It is located 22 kilometres north of Esperance and is the site of the local airport.
The Gibson Soak Hotel provides drinks, meals and accommodation.
There is a large parking area near the tavern where self-contained motorhomes and caravans can stop for the
night free of charge. There are also public toilets available.
There are two possible sources of the town's name which are given in historic literature. The first says that it was named after Alfred Gibson who died during Ernest Giles'
second attempt to cross the desert of the same name in 1876.
Gibson died after mistaking one range of hills for another further east. He was short of water and food and perished when he became lost. His body was never found.
The second source says that Gibson was named after Billy Gibson who found the soak while looking for lost stock. Originally called Gibson Soak, the townsite was
gazetted in 1921. (We believe that this is the real origin of the name.)
TALL TALES AND TRUE
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BUILDINGS OF NOTE
State : Eyre
Federal : O'Connor
Postcode : 6448
Local Government : Shire of Esperance
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