La Salle
South Texas Plains
2010 Census - 3,603
2000 Census - 3,614
Cotulla, Texas
Cotulla Texas History:
In the early 1880s when Polish immigrant Joseph Cotulla learned that the International-Great Northern Railroad intended to extend its tracts into La Salle County, he gave the railroad 120 acres of land to induce it to build a line through his property. By 1882 the train depot was built, the town laid out, and lots were being sold. The Cotulla post office was established in1883, the town had a general store, a hotel and a jail, and had been elected the La Salle County seat. Within 7 years the town had three general stores, two weekly newspapers, two churches, a saloon, a bank, a corn mill, a cotton gin and 1,000 residents. During Cotulla’s early days it had a reputation as being a rough place; it is said that railroad conductors announced the town by calling out, “Cotulla! Everybody get your guns ready.” Three sheriffs and nineteen residents are said to have died in the town’s gunfights. According to, both L.B. Johnson and writer O. Henry once lived in Cotulla. Agriculture, and cattle and sheep ranching are the town’s main industries. Cotulla is located on the Nueces River in the Golden Triangle of south Texas, a premiere hunting location. Cotulla is located at the intersections of FM 468, RR 624, SH 97and IH-35, approximately 45 miles west of Tilden, 64 miles northeast of Laredo, 8 miles north of Artesia Wells, 27 miles north of Encinal, and 22 miles south of Pearsall, Texas.
La Salle County Courthouse, 1931:
This modern style courthouse was designed by architect Henry Phelps. The 2000 La Salle County census was 6,886.
Brush Country Museum:
The original museum is located in a one room schoolhouse; LBJ once taught here. The expanded area of the museum is located in the donated home of Gladys “Beanie” McMahon Porter who donated her house and lots to the La Sallie County Historical Commission. Exhibits include a large number of photos and memorabilia depicting the history of local ranching and the early years of Cotulla and La Salle County, and early 20th century replicas of a parlor, bedroom, kitchen and doctor’s office. Open Tue and Thu, 10am-noon and 2pm-4pm; Wed, Fri, and Sat, 1pm-4pm. Admission is free; donations are welcomed. 201 S. Stewart Street, Cotulla, Texas 78014. Contact the Museum by Email