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

Cotulla City Park

 
 
Cotulla City Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 20, 2018
1. Cotulla City Park Marker
Inscription.
Polish immigrant Joseph Cotulla (1844-1923) migrated to present-day La Salle County in 1865. The town of Cotulla, founded in 1882, became the county seat in 1883, and Joseph donated land for the courthouse and city park. In its early years the park served as a campsite for travelers and ranchers. At the turn of the century a bandstand was built, and concerts and lectures were held at the park. A miniature golf course and playground equipment were added in the 1930s. The site of many cultural and social events, Cotulla City Park has been a center of community life.
 
Erected 1982 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 8127.)
 
Location. 28° 26.148′ N, 99° 14.135′ W. Marker is in Cotulla, Texas, in La Salle County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of North Main Street (Business Interstate 35) and Center Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located at the center of Cotulla City Park, adjacent to the tall flag pole, west of where Center Street dead ends at Main Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 North Main Street, Cotulla TX 78014, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Polish Immigrant Joseph Cotulla
Cotulla City Park Marker (<i>wide view; La Salle County Courthouse in the background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 20, 2018
2. Cotulla City Park Marker (wide view; La Salle County Courthouse in the background)
(within shouting distance of this marker); La Salle County's First Artesian Well (within shouting distance of this marker); La Salle County (within shouting distance of this marker); First Presbyterian Church of Cotulla (within shouting distance of this marker); The First United Methodist Church of Cotulla (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Old San Antonio Road (about 700 feet away); Kings Highway (about 700 feet away).
 
Also see . . .  Brief History of Cotulla.
What was the early 1881 town of Cotulla really like and what did it have to offer the settler? There were no real streets, just cow trails with heavy brush on each side, barely wide enough for one wagon to pass through. There were about twenty families living in Cotulla and most of their houses consisted of only one or two room wooden shacks or lean-tos. Even by 1899 there were no screened houses in Cotulla, however a few did have wooden shutters. There were no telephones, electricity, or running water and very few comforts. Ice could be shipped by express, but it was very expensive and used only for the sick or very special occasions. People bought river water by the barrel from Mexican men who drove water
Cotulla City Park (<i>marker visible near center</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 20, 2018
3. Cotulla City Park (marker visible near center)
wagons throughout the town. A few homes did have cisterns, where rain water was caught from dirty roofs. There were a few windmills, but the water pumped could be used only for stock. (Submitted on June 13, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 14, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 12, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 13, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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