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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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 […]
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Caddo Parish Car Crash Leaves Two Dead, Fugitive Hit-and-Run Driver Still At Large

October 18, 2018 admin 0
Waskom, Texas, United Pentecostal Church Pastor Travis Gulley and his wife of 40 years, Janette “Jan” Gulley, 61, were returning home  Wednesday night after church. The couple had decided to get gas at a Greenwood, […]
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Wildcat Homecoming Not Dampened by the Rain – Fourth Straight Win With 41-7 Nation Victory

October 13, 2018 admin 0
The Wildcat nation turned out in full force as rain fell on the stands, fans chanted, “Defense” and the scoreboard soared. The rain didn’t dampen the spirits and the Wildcats roared again. The Dekalb Bears […]
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CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Institute for Healthy Living Seminar Series

September 24, 2018 admin 0
CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Institute for Healthy Living will be hosting the “Age Well. Live Well” seminar series, commencing on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM, every Wednesday through December 5, 2018 (excluding […]
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Northeast Texas Habitat for Humanity Orientation Meetings

September 24, 2018 admin 0
Northeast Texas Habitat for Humanity partners with low-income families who are living in inadequate, unsafe, unaffordable and/or overcrowded housing to build simple, safe and decent homes. The community provides volunteerism and donations in the form […]
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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. […]