Praries & Lakes
2010 Census - 5,815
2000 Census - 5,731
Yoakum, Texas
Yoakum Texas History:
Yoakum is located on a portion of the 1835 land grant given by the government of Choahuila and Texas to John May. Cattle were gathered here prior to being driven up the Chisholm Trail. In 1887, the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway built a line through the area. The town was platted at the site of the railroad stop and named for Benjamin F. Yoakum, vice president and general manager of the line. The Yoakum Post Office was established and J.P. Jamieson built a store the same year. A railroad roundhouse was built in 1888, employing hundreds of people from the surrounding area. By 1886 the town had a cotton mill, three cotton gins, a compress, churches, a bank, an ice factory, a school, several stores and 3,000 residents. Yoakum incorporated in 1889. By 1914 Yoakum had 7,500 residents. The Tex-Tan tanning company was established by 1991 and several others soon followed. Tomatoes became a commercial crop in 1926; by the 1940s the town had 15 tomato packing sheds. The Bluebonnet Youth Ranch home for neglected children was founded by Charles Kvinta in 1968. Today cattle ranching and oil and gas are large industries in the area. Yoakum is located at the intersections of U.S. 77A, FM 318E, SH 95 and SH 111, 9.5 miles east of Hochheim, 27 miles southeast of Gonzales, 29 miles south of Flatonia, 7 miles southwest of Sweet Home, 10.6 miles south of Shiner, 35 miles southwest of Schulenburg, 18 miles southwest of Hallettsville, 39 miles northwest of Edna, 44.5 miles northwest of Victoria, 16.5 miles northeast of Cuero, 32 miles northeast of Westhoff, 33 miles northeast of Yorktown, 41 miles northeast of Nordheim, 48.8 miles northeast of Goliad, and 101 miles east of San Antonio, Texas.
Pershing Square:
The Pershing Square Revitalization Project was designed by Texas A&M University students. The project is named after General Pershing. The revitalized square is a beautifully landscaped area with brick streets, benches, shopping and dining. The square is located in the downtown Yoakum business district.