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Jackson County TX
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Edna Hotels


LA WARD, TEXAS

Jackson County, Texas Gulf Coast

2850'42"N 9627'56"W (28.845036, -96.465659)
Highway 172 and FM 616
28 miles SE of Edna
48 miles SW of Wharton
46 miles E of Victoria
23 miles NE of Port Lavaca
Population: 224 est. (2016)
213 (2010) 200 (2000)

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La Ward TX City Limit
La Ward City Limit
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
History in a Pecan Shell

Named after local rancher Lafayette Ward (who was also an influence in the neighboring town of Francitas), the town emerged on the coastal prairie in 1904 with the arrival of the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railroad.

La Ward housed a section crew for the railroad and was prosperous enough to have two stores. It became a shipping center for area ranchers who also did their banking in town. The town never had a large population and by 1940 there were only 200 people living there. The town reached its high-water mark in 1962 with 300 people and then slid into a decline losing nearly 2/3rds of the population by 1971. It has since increased to the present estimate of 200.

Sandhill crane in La Ward Texas
Sandhill Cranes in La Ward
Photo Courtesy Ken Rudine, February 2006

Sandhill Cranes in La Ward

Part of our frequent trips to and from Houston-Rockport is to travel Highway 172 between Ganado and Highway 35. On this 22 miles you pass through La Ward which postal-wise is served by Lolita, Jackson County, 77971.

On the farming land just south of La Ward there are a dozen or more Sandhill Cranes that have migrated here from the Platte River, Nebraska where they have been coming for 10,000 years, according to Pamela Jensen. Jenson spoke at the Hummer/Bird Celebration in Rockport, (Sept.,2000) about the legends of the crane. We bought her book and were previously unaware these birds came to this area. During the last two years we began to notice in the winter, these large birds in the plowed-under corn fields on Highway 172 and on Highway 35 about 10 miles south of Tivoli. It is rather exciting to see these large birds whose call is similar to that of a turkey. These cranes have a red marking on top of their heads, unlike the Whoopers red mark on the side of their heads. They are at least twice as tall as a turkey, but not as tall as the 5-foot Whooping Cranes nearby in the Aransas Wildlife Refuge. This picture I think is of two adults and their young. - Ken Rudine, Houston, Texas, February 3, 2006
La Ward TX -Train Tracks
La Ward Train Tracks
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
La Ward TX - Baptist Church1
La Ward Baptist Church
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
La Ward TX -  United Pentecostal Church
La Ward United Pentecostal Church
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
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La Ward TX - Tin Building
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
La Ward TX - Mercantile
La Ward Mercantile Co.
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
La Ward TX - sign
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
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Feed Store
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010

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La Ward, Texas Nearby Towns:
Edna | Ganado | Lolita | Port Lavaca | Victoria | Wharton
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