Yoakum Area Chamber of Commerce
Aug. 22, 2009 at 3:22 a.m.
Yoakum boasts a rich heritage that covers a span of more than 120 years. John May and wife, Mary Ann, came from Ireland across the vast American West to drive their stake in Texas, near Brushy Creek. They obtained land from the Coahulia and Mexican government in 1835. On July 28, 1887 the town of Yoakum was established. Yoakum was named for B.F. Yoakum, who was known for laying the most lines of railroad track by any individual.
Yoakum has a population of about 5,700 people. The town is known for its leather industry, and many residents of Yoakum work in that industry.
History buffs will love to visit Yoakum. Yoakum's biggest festival is the Tom-Tom Festival, which is held the first weekend in June to celebrate the area's tomato heritage. Yoakum has a museum and a library full of area history and artifacts: the Carl & Mary Welhausen Library and the Yoakum Heritage Museum.