Waskom is a city in the U.S. state of Texas with a 2018 census-estimated population of 1,887, down from 2,160 residents in 2010. It is located in Harrison County and lies approximately 19 miles (31 km) east of the county seat, Marshall, on U.S. Route 80 and Interstate 20. Waskom forms part of Greater Marshall, which is also included in the Longview-Marshall combined statistical area in the Ark-La-Tex region. To the east are the cities of Greenwood and Shreveport, Louisiana.
The city of Waskom was established in 1850 as Powell Town, presumably for Jonathan S. Powell, who owned a land grant in the area. It was founded as a midway point for an east-west (Dallas to Shreveport) cattle and cotton economic trail to the Red River in Louisiana.
From 1850 to 1872 it had a post office as Powellton. In 1872, it became a main railroad station between Dallas, Texarkana, and Shreveport. The city's named was changed to Waskom Station in 1872 and to Waskom in 1881 after J. M. Waskom, a director of the Southern Pacific Railroad.
In 2014 and 2015, Waskom High School won the 3A D2 state title in football.
In June 2019, the city council voted to outlaw abortion in the city, declaring Waskom a "sanctuary city for the unborn", as state governments elsewhere in the United States also were drafting abortion bans. There is currently no abortion clinic in the city. In late 2019 and early 2020, other cities in Texas voted in favor of becoming "sanctuary cities for the unborn."
Waskom is located in eastern Harrison County at 32°28′42″N 94°3′50″W (32.478416, -94.063769).