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LA WARD, TEXAS

Jackson County, Texas Gulf Coast
Highway 172 and FM 616
48 miles SW of Wharton
12 miles S of Ganado
17 miles SE of Edna
5 miles E of Lolita
46 miles E of Victoria
23 miles NE of Port Lavaca

Population 200 (2000)

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History in a Pecan Shell

Named after local rancher Lafayette Ward (who was also an influence in the neighboring town of Francitas), the town emerged on the coastal prairie in 1904 with the arrival of the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railroad.

La Ward housed a section crew for the railroad and was prosperous enough to have two stores. It became a shipping center for area ranchers who also did their banking in town. The town never had a large population and by 1940 there were only 200 people living there. The town reached its high-water mark in 1962 with 300 people and then slid into a decline losing nearly 2/3rds of the population by 1971. It has since increased to the present estimate of 200.
Sandhill crane in La Ward Texas


Sandhill Cranes in La Ward

Photo Courtesy Ken Rudine, February 2006

Sandhill Cranes in La Ward

Dear TE: Part of our frequent trips to and from Houston-Rockport is to travel Highway 172 between Ganado and Highway 35. On this 22 miles you pass through La Ward which postal-wise is served by Lolita, Jackson County, 77971.

On the farming land just south of La Ward there are a dozen or more Sandhill Cranes that have migrated here from the Platte River, Nebraska where they have been coming for 10,000 years, according to Pamela Jensen. Jenson spoke at the Hummer/Bird Celebration in Rockport, (Sept.,2000) about the legends of the crane. We bought her book and were previously unaware these birds came to this area. During the last two years we began to notice in the winter, these large birds in the plowed-under corn fields on Highway 172 and on Highway 35 about 10 miles south of Tivoli. It is rather exciting to see these large birds whose call is similar to that of a turkey. These cranes have a red marking on top of their heads, unlike the Whoopers red mark on the side of their heads. They are at least twice as tall as a turkey, but not as tall as the 5-foot Whooping Cranes nearby in the Aransas Wildlife Refuge. This picture I think is of two adults and their young. - Ken Rudine, Houston, Texas, February 3, 2006

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