Dating back from the
establishment of machine and car shops by the Trinity
& Brazos Valley Railway, this city is named for the
niece of the railroad magnate B.F. Yoakum. The T&BV was called the
"Boll Weevil Line" in the first decades of the
20th Century because so many
special trains ran to conferences about combating the
horrible insect devastation occurring in Texas' valuable
Local area has large deposits of
coal, lignite, oil, sand, clay. Natural gas production
has become very important in recent years. City parks
offer picnicking, recreational facilities, swimming pool
and miniature golf.
Burlington-Rock Island Railroad Museum-
Trinity & Brazos Valley Railway
was purchased by Burlington and Rock Island lines in
1905; in 1936 inaugurated first streamlined passenger
train in Texas, the "Sam Houston Zephyr,"
between Dallas / Fort Worth and
Houston. The old two-story brick station is now
museum with varied relics from golden age of railroads,
plus county historical items. Open Sat. - Sun. I - 5 p.m.
208 S. Third Ave. Admission.