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Yoakum County Texas

In 1876 the Texas legislature established Yoakum County from lands formerly assigned to the Bexar District, but in 1890 the United States census found only four people living in the area, and as late as 1900 the county had only twenty-six residents.  The county is named for Henderson King Yoakum, a Texas historian.

In 1905 William Jackson Luna established a store and post office at Plains, and when Yoakum County was organized in 1907, Plains became the county seat. By 1910 there were 107 farms or ranches in the area, and the population had increased to 602. Almost 23,000 cattle were reported that year, but crop farming remained limited.

The county gained a newspaper in 1910 when Neil H. Bigger began publication of the Yoakum County News. Farmers suffered during the 1910s despite some brief attempts to grow wheat and the start of a flourmill at Bronco in 1915. By 1920 there were 109 ranches or farms in the area, but the population had fallen to 504.  Substantial economic development began after 1936, when oil was discovered. Intensive production quickly ensued, and in 1938 more than 1,239,000 barrels of crude were produced in the county. The boom centered at Denver City, founded in 1939, and by 1940 the county population had jumped to 5,345.   [Source: John Leffler, "YOAKUM COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online Published by the Texas State Historical Association.]

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Website Updates:
Dec 2015: Bios: YOUNGBLOOD; World War I Draft Registration Cards: ADDISON, ALRED, ALTMAN, ANDERSON
Sept 2015: 1907 - 1910 Births
Jun 2015: News: Newspapers of Yoakum County
Mar 2015: Sick List News: JONES; Visiting News: SANDERS; Death News: McHUGH, JORDAN, DANIELS; Crime News: TRICE, CALVERT; Birth News: SPEARS; Weather News; Community News:
Dec 2014: Mil: Vietnam War Casualties
Sept 2014: History: 1914 County Description
Oct 2013:  Obits for BABB, HENARD, PATTON family, AMERSON, MAY, SPARGER, PEEREY, WATSON, HANSON, ODEN;  Gossip news for SIBBEY, HAGUE, ELLIOTT, HURST, SMALL, YATES, MCLARRY; Miscellaneous news for RAPP, ELLARD;  Marriage notices for HUDSON-DIXON; CONRAD-McADAMS ; Community News;  bios for YOAKUM, O'CONNELL

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