This city dates to the establishment of machine and car shops by the Trinity & Brazos Valley Railway, and it 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.


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