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 ISD Public Notification of Nondiscrimination in Career and Technology Education Programs

July 17, 2018 admin 0
Waskom ISD offers career and technology education programs in Ag Science, Family and Consumer Science, Computer Applications, and Health Science. Admissions to these programs is based on interest, aptitude, age appropriateness, and class space availability. […]