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

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Waskom Library Dedicates Willa Bose Children’s Room

March 9, 2019 admin 0
Waskom Library President Linda Ott on March 4th, 2019, during regular ‘Friends of the Library’ Meeting recognized and honored retired Librarian Willa Bose with a special “Children’s Room” award and dedication. President Linda Ott was joined […]
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Waskom Christmas Sparkles and Shines

December 25, 2018 admin 0
This Christmas Season in Waskom began with Sunday worship, music, candlelight services, fireworks and above all, sharing the message of God’s abundant, everlasting love. Pastor Doug Lovett’s Faith Independent Baptist Church hosted the beloved Hootens, bringing […]
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Operation Help announces Thanksgiving and Christmas food distribution dates

October 31, 2018 admin 0
Operation Help in association with United Help of Waskom will start taking applications for Thanksgiving and Christmas food distribution for the needy on November 2, 2018. The applications are available at the sub-courthouse, they must […]