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YORKTOWN, TEXAS


DeWitt County
, Central Texas South

28°59'00"N 97°30'09"W (28.983196, -97.502415)

Highways 72 and 119 at Coleto Creek
16 Miles SW of Cuero the county seat
24 miles N of Goliad
25 miles NE of Kenedy
36 Miles NW of Victoria
43 Miles S of Gonzales
35 miles SE of Stockdale
75 Miles E of San Antonio
ZIP code 78164
Area code 361
Population: 2,050 Est. (2019)
2,092 (2010) 2,271 (2000) 2,207 (1990)

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Yorktown TX - Birdseye view of C. Eckhardt Building, street, bridge
Birdseye view of Yorktown showing C. Eckhardt Building
Postcard courtesy William Beauchamp
Yorktown, Texas Old Photos
Courtesy William Beauchamp

History in a Pecan Shell

The town is named after Captain John York, who died defending the town against Indians in the autumn of 1848. York had helped settle the town two years before with business partner Charles Eckhardt. The men saw an immense opportunity by founding a town here since it would create a shorter route from the busy port of Indianola to San Antonio.

Known as the Old Indianola Trail, it was well-traveled by German immigrants on their way inland. Many settled here as well as survivors from Indianola’s storms which turned that prosperous city into Texas’ most famous ghost town.

Eckhardt built the town’s first house in May of 1848 and two years later he established the Charles Eckhardt and Sons store. In 1854 the town was named after the late Captain York.

In 1871 the town was granted a post office and incorporated. The Aransas Pass Railway was built a mile south of town in 1886 and the town relocated to the rails. The old site continued on for several years as “Upper Yorktown.”

In 1898 Yorktown had an estimated population of 850 people and every essential business as well as a few non-essential businesses. At its peak, Yorktown’s population hit nearly 2,500 but had declined to 2,207 by 1990. It has since risen to 2,271, although many downtown businesses have closed, including the feed store – once the center of the area economy. The 1871 Eckhardt store now contains the town’s history museum and is listed on the National Register.

 Yorktown  Texas Main Street old photo

Main Street, Yorktown, Texas, Postmarked 1910
Click on image to enlarge
Vintage photo courtesy Dan Whatley Collection




Yorktown, Texas Landmarks


Yorktown Photo Gallery


Texas Yorktown City Hall
Yorktown's City Hall
Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, July 2008


Texas - Yorktown Historical Museum, Yorktown Texas C. Eckhardt Building
C. Eckhardt Building -
Yorktown Historical Museum
On the National Register

TE photo, July 2008


Yorktown TX Streetscape
A Yorktown Streetscape
Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, July 2008


A keystone building in downtown Yorktown TX
A keystone building in downtown Yorktown
Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, July 2008


1909 Nau Brothers Building  Yorktown TX
The 1909 Nau Brothers Building
TE photo, July 2008


Nau Brothers Building  threshhold Yorktown TX
Nau Building Threshhold
TE photo, July 2008


Nau Brothers Building  ghost sign Yorktown TX
Nau Brother's Ghost Sign
TE photo, July 2008
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former Yorktown Bakery , Texas
The former Yorktown Bakery
TE photo, July 2008


Former Chevrolet Dealership with Deco Signage Yorktown TX
Former Chevrolet Dealership with Deco Signage
Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, July 2008


Eagle - Chevrolet Signage , Yorktown TX
Chevrolet Signage Detail
TE photo, July 2008
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Yorktown TX downtown garden - Cactus
A Downtown Garden
Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, July 2008


Yorktown TX former Feed Store
The former Feed Store.
TE photo, July 2008
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Yorktown TX former Feed Store old loading dock
The old loading dock
Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, July 2008


Yorktown's Hospital, TX
Yorktown's Hospital (circa 1950)
TE photo, July 2008


Main Entrance of the Yorktown Hospital , TX
The Main Entrance of the Yorktown Hospital
Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, July 2008


Yorktown TX cold-war relic: Fallout Shelter
A cold-war relic
TE photo, July 2008


Texas' shortest windmill - Yortown TX
Texas' shortest windmill - or- Texas' tallest grass
Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, July 2008
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Yorktown TX - firehouse and water tower
Yorktown fire house and water tower old photo
Postcard courtesy William Beauchamp
Yorktown, Texas Old Photos
Courtesy William Beauchamp



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