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Texas Independence Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Yoakum


This area, and most of the region, was used by cattlemen in the late 1800s as a gathering ground for cattle headed to market along the Chisholm Trail. With arrival of the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad in 1887, a town was established and named after rail manager Benjamin F. Yoakum. In the early 1900s, a productive hide tanning and leathercraft industry developed. Railroad and rawhide exhibits are at the Yoakum Heritage Museum. Housed in a 1912 residence, the museum contains a large collection of memorabilia and photos about the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad. Its Leather Room covers early tanneries and exhibits fine-tooled saddles and other leather goods. 


Contact

  • Contact: Yoakum Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Phone: 361-293-2309
  • Visit Website

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Yoakum Heritage Museum Leather Industry Tomato Industry S.A.A.P. railroad