Texas Independence Trail Region

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


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


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