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    SKIDMORE, TEXAS

    Bee County, South Texas
    Highway 181
    11 Miles S of Beeville
    19 Miles NW of Sinton
    About 42 miles NW of Corpus Christi

    Population: 1,013 (2000)

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    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

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