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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T.C. Lindsey & Co. General Store Day Proclamation for 170th Anniversary

October 31, 2017 admin 1
On October 30, 2017, the Harrison County Historic Courthouse was convened with Judge Hugh Taylor presiding and Commissioners William Hatfield, Phillip Maudlin, Zephaniah Timmins, and Jay Ebarb in attendance. They unanimously voted and thereby approved, […]
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FUMC hosts “Twined Lives: Open Hearts – Living Interconnections in Nicaragua”

October 28, 2017 admin 0
First United Methodist Church of Waskom, Pastor Sherry Crenshaw and Marty Vaughan hosted Sarah  Junkin Woodard, for “Twined Lives: Open Hearts – Living Interconnections in Nicaragua”, in conjunction with the Center for Development in Central […]