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Yoakum is partially in western Lavaca County and in eastern DeWitt County. In its early years, Anglo-Americans used this site for gathering herds of Texas longhorns being driven to market along the Chisholm Trail. With the arrival of the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroads in 1887, a town site was established. Yoakum once called itself the "Green Wrap" tomato capital of the world and still commemorates this heritage with an annual Tom Tom Festival, usually on the first week of June.