The community was founded about 1850 as Powell Town, named after Jonathan S. Powell, who owned a land grant in the area. It had a post office as Powellton from 1850 to 1872. In 1872, the name was changed to Waskom Station and in 1881 – to Waskom, in honor of J. M. Waskom, a director of the Southern Pacific Railroad who was instrumental in bringing the railroad to the area.

The countryside is known as a Gateway to Texas and as a former Badlands, before being cleared of desperados by Texas Rangers.

Waskom is in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the most gas stations per capita. Most cities average 1 gas station per 1000 people. At one time Waskom had 30 some odd stations with a population of about 1100 people.

Counties: Harrison

Population: 2,160

Primary Zip Code: 75692-0730

Waskom News

‘Education to Employment’ Initiative Being Launched in Harrison County

February 22, 2018 admin 0
Marshall, TX – February 22, 2018 – Representatives from the Marshall-Harrison County Literacy Council (MHCLC), the Marshall Public Library, and Texas State Technical College (TSTC) met this week to discuss the design and implementation of […]
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2018 Diabetes Education Classes are Coming to Waskom

February 21, 2018 admin 0
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is bringing 2018 Diabetes Education Classes, with Louraiseal McDonald, to the Waskom community. The classes are co-sponsored by Waskom’s Lions Club and Citizens National Bank. Classes will take place on April 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd […]