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YOAKUM COUNTY, TEXAS

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    Yoakum County History

    (from 1936 Texas Centennial Marker)

    YOAKUM COUNTY

    Created August 21, 1876, from Bexar County. Named for Henderson Yoakum, who wrote a classic on early Texas history. Only Texas county named for an author.

    Indian activity and frontier hazards made growth slow. Only itinerant buffalo hunters and scattered ranchers here until after 1900. County organized September 7, 1907.
    By 1910 population reached 602 as result of sale of state lands. Discovery of oil in 1935 brought industry and more people.

    A "Bonus Shack" typical of cabins used by homesteaders is used as a historical museum in Plains, the county seat.

    Yoakum County Courthouse
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    Yoakum County Courthouse
    Photo courtesy Ken Rudine

    Yoakum County Town List

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  • TX Yoakum County 1907 Postal Map
    Yoakum County 1907 Postal Map
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    TX Yoakum & Terry County 1920s map
    Yoakum County 1920s Map
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    TX Yoakum & Terry  County 1940s Map
    Yoakum County 1940s Map
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    Yoakum County Texas 1936 Centennial Marker
    Yoakum County
    Texas 1936 Centennial Marker

    Photo courtesy Ken Rudine
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