This city dates to the establishment of machine and car shops by the Trinity & Brazos Valley Railway, and is named for the niece of railroad magnate B.F. Yoakum. The T&BV was called the "Boll Weevil Line" because so many special trains ran to conferences about combating the insect's devastating spread in Texas cotton fields.
The Trinity & Brazos Valley Railway was purchased by the Burlington and Rock Island lines in 1905. In 1936, the area saw the inauguration of the first streamlined passenger train in Texas, the "Sam Houston Zephyr," between Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston.
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