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Cotulla in La Salle County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Amanda Burks School

 
 
The Amanda Burks School Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, July 29, 2022
1. The Amanda Burks School Marker
Inscription.  Amanda (Nite) Burks (1841-1931) and her husband William Franklin Burks (d.1877) moved their ranching operation to present-day La Salle County in 1876. After her husband's death, Amanda continued to run the ranch for over fifty years. Like many early residents of the area, Amanda believed in the importance of education. A frame building served the educational needs of Cotulla soon after the town was founded in 1882. A two story brick structure was built in 1909. It was renamed in honor of Amanda Burks shortly before her death in 1931. A new Amanda Burks school was built in 1953.
 
Erected 1982 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 8125.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationWomen. A significant historical year for this entry is 1876.
 
Location. 28° 26.172′ N, 99° 14.421′ W. Marker is in Cotulla, Texas, in La Salle County. Marker is at the intersection of Tilden Street and North Baylor Street, on the right when traveling west on Tilden Street. The marker is located at the main entrance to the school on the
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south side. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 604 Tilden Street, Cotulla TX 78014, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The First United Methodist Church of Cotulla (approx. ¼ mile away); La Salle County (approx. ¼ mile away); First Presbyterian Church of Cotulla (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cotulla's First School (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cotulla City Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); La Salle County Veterans (approx. 0.3 miles away); La Salle County's First Artesian Well (approx. 0.3 miles away); Polish Immigrant Joseph Cotulla (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cotulla.
 
Also see . . .  Amanda Burks. Texas Trail of Fame
In the spring of 1871 she joined her husband, William Franklin Burks, to drive a herd of cattle from South Texas to Abilene, Kansas. She is considered the first woman to have gone up the trail with a herd of cattle. She and her husband founded the La Mota Ranch near Cotulla, Texas in 1876 and following her husband’s death continued to trade cattle for another 50 years. She was known as “the Queen of the Old Trail Drivers.”
(Submitted on July 30, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
The front entrance to the Amanda Burks School and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, July 29, 2022
2. The front entrance to the Amanda Burks School and Marker
The view of the Amanda Burks School and Marker from the street image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, July 29, 2022
3. The view of the Amanda Burks School and Marker from the street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 30, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 30, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 118 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 30, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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