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SKIDMORE, TEXAS

Bee County, South Texas

28°15'19"N 97°40'55"W (28.255244, -97.681956)
Highway 181
11 Miles S of Beeville
19 Miles NW of Sinton
About 42 miles NW of Corpus Christi
Population: 925 (2010) 1,013 (2000)

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Skidmore, Texas street
Railroad Street, Skidmore, Texas
Postcard courtesy of Will Beauchamp Collection

History in a Pecan Shell

The town’s namesake is Virginian Samuel Cyle Skidmore, who moved to Texas shortly before the Civil War. A short-lived post office opened in 1860 under the name of River Side and closed its doors the same year.

A second post office opened and was named Lattington, after the postmaster. In 1886 Sam Skidmore’s son Frank donated a right-of-way to the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad and the town of Skidmore was on its way. A new post office opened in 1887 under the name of Skidmore and the rest of what had been Lattington moved to the new site in the early 1890s.

The railroad brought new prosperity and Skidmore soon had its own doctor and newspaper. The population reached 1,000 by 1914.

The down suffered three disastrous fires (1913, 1918, and 1929) which curtailed growth for decades. The population however didn’t decline dramatically and by 1950 it was reported as 925.

Improved roads and the towns proximity to Corpus Christi
has drained off population and by the 1980s it had been reduced to 500 which has since rebounded to just over 1,000.

Skidmore Photos & Vintage Postcards

Photographer's Note:
The last of the railroad tracks were taken up a few years ago and the old businesses along the tracks are all gone now and businesses mainly are on the main drag (Highway 181) through town. - Will Beauchamp, October 2008
Skidmore, Texas Baptist Church
Skidmore Baptist Church
1910 Postcard courtesy of Will Beauchamp Collection
Skidmore, Texas Methodist Church
Skidmore Methodist Church
Photo courtesy of Will Beauchamp
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Skidmore, Texas museum
Skidmore Museum
Photo courtesy of Will Beauchamp
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Aransas Creek Settlers historical marker, Skidmore, Texas

Aransas Creek Settlers historical marker
in front of the museum
Photo courtesy of Will Beauchamp

Skidmore, Texas home
"One of the Beautiful Homes of Skidmore, Texas"
Postcard courtesy of Will Beauchamp Collection
Cotton Gin, Skidmore, Texas

Cotton Gin, Skidmore, Texas
Postcard courtesy of Will Beauchamp Collection
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Skidmore TX stock pens, 1908

Skidmore Stock Pens, circa 1908
Postcard courtesy Will Beauchamp Collection


Skidmore, Texas Area Towns:
Beeville | Sinton | Corpus Christi
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