| History in
a Pecan Shell
Settled with the arrival of the International Great Northern Railroad
in 1881, it is said to have been founded by Jesse Laxton, the postmaster
of Iuka, Texas. Laxton, who had advance warning of the railroad's
expansion, platted his town in front of the railroad's advance. His
dreams of becoming a town builder were larger than most. He wanted
his town to be a county seat and knew of a state law that gave county
seat preference for towns that shared the county's name.
In 1882, La Salle was designated temporary County Seat - and although
county records were indeed transferred there, voters decided on Cotulla.
But the point was moot since Cotulla
was just across the railroad tracks. Cotulla
- despite the fact that La Salle had built a jail and a (temporary)
courthouse - became the county seat and eventually absorbed La Salle.
La Salle, Texas 1883 cancelled postmark:
- the temporary county seat just across the tracks from Cotulla
to which lost the seat election in 1883 (that's why the post office
shut down then). The first postmaster switched from La Salle to become
the first postmaster at Cotulla.
The person who wrote the letter used his stationery and scratched
out the corner card. The La Salle PO was only in existence for slightly
less than two years." - John
Escapes, in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing
Texas, asks that anyone wishing to share their local history
and vintage/historic photos, please contact