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
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
has drained off population and by the 1980s it had been reduced to
500 which has since rebounded to just over 1,000.
& Vintage Postcards
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
Settlers historical marker
of the museum
Photo courtesy of Will
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