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YORKTOWN, TEXAS

DeWitt County, Central Texas South
Highways 72 and 119 at Coleto Creek
17 Miles SW of Cuero
36 Miles NW of Victoria
43 Miles S of Gonzales
75 Miles E of San Antonio
Population: 2,271 (2000)

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Texas Yorktown City Hall
Yorktown's City Hall
Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, July 2008
History in a Pecan Shell:

The town is named after Captain John York, who died defending the town against Indians in the autumn of 1848. York had helped settle the town two years before with business partner Charles Eckhardt. The men saw an immense opportunity by founding a town here since it would create a shorter route from the busy port of Indianola to San Antonio.

Known as the Old Indianola Trail, it was well-traveled by German immigrants on their way inland. Many settled here as well as survivors from Indianola’s storms which turned that prosperous city into Texas’ most famous ghost town.

Eckhardt built the town’s first house in May of 1848 and two years later he established the Charles Eckhardt and Sons store. In 1854 the town was named after the late Captain York.

In 1871 the town was granted a post office and incorporated. The Aransas Pass Railway was built a mile south of town in 1886 and the town relocated to the rails. The old site continued on for several years as “Upper Yorktown.”

In 1898 Yorktown had an estimated population of 850 people and every essential business as well as a few non-essential businesses. At its peak, Yorktown’s population hit nearly 2,500 but had declined to 2,207 by 1990. It has since risen to 2,271, although many downtown businesses have closed, including the feed store – once the center of the area economy. The 1871 Eckhardt store now contains the town’s history museum and is listed on the National Register.

A Walk Around Yorktown
Cotton Gin and Mill Scene, Yorktown, Texas
Cotton Gin and Mill Scene, Yorktown, Texas
1910s postcard courtesy William Beauchamp

A Walk Around Yorktown

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Yorktown history museum, Yorktown Texas C. Eckhardt Building
C. Eckhardt Building -
Yorktown's history museum is on the National Register
TE photo, July 2008
Yorktown TX Streetscape
A Yorktown Streetscape
Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, July 2008
A keystone building in downtown Yorktown TX
A keystone building in downtown Yorktown
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1909 Nau Brothers Building  Yorktown TX
The 1909 Nau Brothers Building
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Nau Brothers Building  threshhold Yorktown TX
Nau Building Threshhold
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Nau Brothers Building  ghost sign Yorktown TX
Nau Brother's Ghost Sign
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former Yorktown Bakery , Texas
The former Yorktown Bakery
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Former Chevrolet Dealership with Deco Signage Yorktown TX
Former Chevrolet Dealership with Deco Signage
Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, July 2008
Eagle - Chevrolet Signage , Yorktown TX
Chevrolet Signage Detail
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Yorktown TX downtown garden - Cactus
A Downtown Garden
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Yorktown TX former Feed Store
The former Feed Store. TE photo, July 2008
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Yorktown TX former Feed Store old loading dock
The old loading dock
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Yorktown's Hospital, TX
Yorktown's Hospital (circa 1950) is currently for sale.
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Main Entrance of the Yorktown Hospital , TX
The Main Entrance of the Yorktown Hospital
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Yorktown TX cold-war relic: Fallout Shelter
A cold-war relic
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Texas' shortest windmill - or- Texas' tallest grass
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