Yoakum sits square on the boundary line between DeWitt and Lavaca counties and has since , before Texas separated itself from Mexico via the Alamo and San Jacinto. The little settlement was big as a gathering spot for herds to be pushed up the Chisholm Trail, but went from tending cattle to tending steam engines when the railroad arrived in and created lots of jobs. It was incorporated as Yoakum in , and by it was a bustling metropolis of more than 7, souls when the Yoakum Hide and Leather Co. It may have slipped a little in population since then 5, in , but continues to be a thriving town. It hosts an annual Youth Rodeo and is a popular springtime destination for viewing the famous Texas bluebonnets and other wildflowers. A little tannery on Brushy Creek was acquired by Carl Welhausen and moved into town, where it got bigger and was renamed the Texas Hide and Leather Co.