Cotulla, LaSalle County, Texas

Cotulla, LaSalle County, Texas

View of the historic downtown of the city of Cotulla, the seat of LaSalle County, Texas. Photograph by Renelibrary.

Cotulla, the county seat of La Salle County, is twenty-seven miles north of Encinal on U.S. Interstate Highway 35 in the northwestern part of the county. The town was named for Joseph Cotulla, a Polish immigrant. After learning that the International-Great Northern Railroad intended to extend its tracks into La Salle County in the early 1880s, Joseph Cotulla worked to build a town on the present site of Cotulla. In 1881 he provided 120 acres of land to induce the railroad to build into the county, and by 1882 a railroad depot had been built and lots in the new town had begun to be sold. By 1883 the town had been granted a post office, and several new buildings had been constructed, including a general store, a hotel, and a jail. In a special county election held that year Cotulla was designated the county seat, and the town began a period of rapid growth. By 1890 it had a population of 1,000, three general stores, two weekly newspapers, two churches, a saloon, a bank, a corn mill, and a cotton gin.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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Population Counts

Pop. Year Source
4,005 2019 Texas Demographic Center
3,603 2010 Texas Demographic Center
3,614 2000 Texas Demographic Center
3,694 1990 Texas Demographic Center
3,912 1980 Texas Demographic Center
3,415 1970 Texas Demographic Center
3,960 1960 Texas Demographic Center
4,418 1950 Texas Demographic Center
3,633 1940 Texas Demographic Center
3,175 1930 Texas Demographic Center
1,058 1920 Texas Demographic Center
1,880 1910 Texas Demographic Center