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

La Salle County

 
 
La Salle County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 20, 2018
1. La Salle County Marker
Inscription.
The Presidio Rio Grande Road brought travelers to this area for centuries. In 1852 the U. S. Army built and garrisoned Fort Ewell, for protection. The first permanent settler, William A. Waugh, opened a rancho near the Cibolo Crossing on the Spanish Road in 1856. On Feb. 1, 1858, the county was created and named for Robert Cavalier, Sieur de La Salle (1643-1687), the first French explorer of Texas. The county's first post office opened in 1871 at the Guajuco Crossing. County government was organized Nov. 2, 1880, at Crarey's Rancho. Various courthouses existed before 1883, when Cotulla became county seat.
 
Erected 1977 by State of Texas. (Marker Number 8134.)
 
Location. 28° 26.141′ N, 99° 14.169′ W. Marker is in Cotulla, Texas, in La Salle County. Marker is on North Stewart Street south of North Center Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located east of the La Salle County Courthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 N Stewart St, Cotulla TX 78014, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cotulla City Park (within shouting distance of this marker); First Presbyterian Church of Cotulla
La Salle County Marker (<i>wide view; marker is left of sidewalk leading to courthouse entrance</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 20, 2018
2. La Salle County Marker (wide view; marker is left of sidewalk leading to courthouse entrance)
(within shouting distance of this marker); The First United Methodist Church of Cotulla (within shouting distance of this marker); Polish Immigrant Joseph Cotulla (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); La Salle County's First Artesian Well (about 300 feet away); The Old San Antonio Road (approx. 0.2 miles away); Kings Highway (approx. 0.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. La Salle County. Between the Texas Revolution and the Mexican War, most of what is now La Salle County lay in the disputed area between the Rio Grande and the Nueces River. Since neither the Republic of Texas nor the Mexican government could establish control over this strip of land, it became a haven for desperados. Even after the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo definitively assigned the Nueces Strip to Texas, outlaws and hostile Indians delayed the development of the area for years. (Submitted on May 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. La Salle County Courthouse rededicated. The La Salle County Courthouse was rededicated on Jan. 26, 2013, following a four-year restoration made possible with more than $3.5 million in grant funds from the Texas Historical Commission (THC) through its award-winning Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program. Construction began on the project in 2009 to return the 1931 courthouse
La Salle County Marker (<i>wide view; La Salle County Courthouse in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 20, 2018
3. La Salle County Marker (wide view; La Salle County Courthouse in background)
to its former glory. The building was designed by renowned Texas courthouse architect Henry Phelps, considered his last, most ambitious and imaginative courthouse design. The courthouse sits in the center and highest point of Cotulla, facing a public square. (Submitted on May 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Fort Ewell. Fort Ewell was on the south bank of the Nueces River at the Nueces River crossing of the road from San Antonio to Laredo in what is now La Salle County. It was established on May 18, 1852, and was garrisoned by Companies E, G, and I of the regiment of Mounted Riflemen. According to Col. W. G. Freeman's inspection report in June 1853 the fort was in a poor location. The river was seventy-five feet wide and only four feet deep, and it frequently overflowed its banks, covering the nearby bottoms and salt marshes and making the fort inaccessible. There was no suitable timber for construction within ten to fifteen miles, nor was there good grazing for the animals. (Submitted on May 22, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

4. Life And History In Cotulla.
This link presents various historic La Salle County photos, including Lyndon B. Johnson, (later President of the United States), and students, when he a teacher at Cotulla High School before he began his political career. (Submitted on June 13, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 14, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 52 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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