Yoakum County is located in Northwest Texas on the New Mexico border, surrounded by Cochran County to the north, Terry County to the east, Gaines County to the south and the state of New Mexico to the west. Plains, the county seat, is 73 miles southwest of Lubbock.
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Yoakum County. Lying on the extreme western side of the Staked Plains, with New Mexico as its western border, Yoakum County is many miles from railroads, has only two or three postoffices. including Plains, the county seat, Sligo and Bronco, and its population consists almost entirely of stockmen and their followers. The following description of the county is from the last issue of the Texas Almanac: “Farming is a secondary occupation, the raising of live stock occupying the attention of the people. While fully 80 per cent of the land is susceptible to cultivation by dry farming methods, very little attention has been given to agricultural lines. Indian corn, maize, kaffir corn, cot ton and various forage plants have been successfully grown in a limited way. A few small orchards and vineyards are found at various ranches, but no effort has been made to develop the fruit industry. Continue Reading Yoakum County History Written in 1922 >>