TexasEscapes.com  
HOME : : NEW : : TEXAS TOWNS : : GHOST TOWNS : : TEXAS HOTELS : : FEATURES : : COLUMNS : : BUILDINGS : : IMAGES : : ARCHIVE : : SITE MAP
PEOPLE : : PLACES : : THINGS : : HOTELS : : VACATION PACKAGES
TEXAS TOWNS
Texas Escapes
Online Magazine

COTULLA, TEXAS

La Salle County Seat, South Texas

Highway 35
27 miles N of Encinal
68 miles N of Laredo
87 miles SW of San Antonio
Population: 3,727 (2010) 3,614 (2000)

Book Hotel Here > Cotulla Hotels

History in a Pecan Shell

The town was named for Joseph Cotulla, a Polish immigrant from Panna Maria who gave land to the International-Great Northern Railroad in order to induce them to stop on his land. In 1882 the depot was built and Joseph sold lots in the new town he modestly named after himself.

Cotulla welcome sign TE photo
Downtown Cotulla TE Photo

 
Cotulla Texas downtown street scene
   

By 1883 the town had a post office, jail, hotel and various stores. That year - a county election declared Cotulla to be the county seat (over the rival town of La Salle), and by 1890 their were 1,000 Cotullans that read two weekly newspapers, went to two churches, drank in one saloon, and kept their money in one bank.

Three sheriffs are said to have been killed in gunfights, although Sheriff Joseph Tumlinson (January 1893) may have been a suicide.

The Methodist Church as it appears in 2001 TE Photo
An old postcard of Cotulla TE Postcard Archives

Church in Cotulla
 
Cotulla Texas old post card
   

In 1914 Cotulla had 1,800 citizens and most of the towns interests were in ranching cattle and sheep.

An early Cotulla Business Letterhead
Courtesy Texas General Land Office Archives and Documents Dept.

Cotulla business letterhead
   

In the prosperous 20s - new schools were built. When the Great Depression came to town Cotulla's population stood at over 3,000 and surprisingly stayed at that level through the 30s.

Their first library was built in 1937 and in the early 80s Ida and Ben Alexander donated the Alexander Memorial Library.

The 1931 La Salle County Courthouse >

Cotulla Texas  1928 High School
  The 1928 High School
TE Photo

In 1941 Cotulla had over 3,600 people and in the 50's the local economy got a boost with the discovery of oil.

The Brush Country Museum
is sponsored by the La Salle County Historical Commission.

Cotulla watertower and Brush Country Museum
  Museum and water tower
TE Photo

The Cotulla Cemetery is on the North side of town and contains the family plot for town founder Joseph Cotulla.

Other notable headstones in the cemetery are an unusual life mask of a man in the Hispanic section and a statue erected to a young girl - probably from a prominent family.

That's why they're called headstones
The grave of Janie McMahon TE Photos
   
Cotulla TX - Restored La Salle County Courthouse
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, January 2013
La Salle County Courthouse

Cotulla Chronicles:

  • Bloody Christmas by C. F. Eckhardt
    The Murder of LaSalle County Sheriff Charles B. McKinney
  • The Texas Onion
    "It's generally accepted that sweet onion production in Texas can be traced back to a single packet of seed from Bermuda being planted near Cotulla in 1898. ..." more
  • 1935 flooding of Nueces River
    1935 Flood scene of the Nueces River, Highway No. 2 south of Cotulla
    Cotulla, Texas
    Area Towns:

    Encinal
    Laredo
    San Antonio

    Book Hotel Here:
    Cotulla Hotels
    More Hotels
    More Texas Towns & Hotels:
    See South Texas
    Texas Towns
    Texas Ghost Towns
    Texas Counties
    Texas
    Texas Hotels

    Texas Escapes, in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing Texas, asks that anyone wishing to share their local history and vintage/historic photos, please contact us.

    Custom Search
    Cotulla Hotels
    Find Hotel Deals in Cotulla, Texas
    Book Here
    TEXAS ESCAPES CONTENTS
    HOME | TEXAS ESCAPES ONLINE MAGAZINE | HOTELS | SEARCH SITE
    TEXAS TOWN LIST | TEXAS GHOST TOWNS | TEXAS COUNTIES

    Texas Hill Country | East Texas | Central Texas North | Central Texas South | West Texas | Texas Panhandle | South Texas | Texas Gulf Coast
    TRIPS | STATES PARKS | RIVERS | LAKES | DRIVES | FORTS | MAPS

    Texas Attractions
    TEXAS FEATURES
    People | Ghosts | Historic Trees | Cemeteries | Small Town Sagas | WWII | History | Texas Centennial | Black History | Art | Music | Animals | Books | Food
    COLUMNS : History, Humor, Topical and Opinion

    TEXAS ARCHITECTURE | IMAGES
    Courthouses | Jails | Churches | Gas Stations | Schoolhouses | Bridges | Theaters | Monuments/Statues | Depots | Water Towers | Post Offices | Grain Elevators | Lodges | Museums | Rooms with a Past | Gargoyles | Cornerstones | Pitted Dates | Stores | Banks | Drive-by Architecture | Signs | Ghost Signs | Old Neon | Murals | Then & Now
    Vintage Photos

    TRAVEL RESERVATIONS | USA | MEXICO

    Privacy Statement | Disclaimer | Contributors | Staff | Contact TE
    Website Content Copyright Texas Escapes. All Rights Reserved