Did you know that Lyndon B. Johnson, our 36th President, served as teacher and principal in his early, pre-POTUS years? Cotulla's Brush Country Museum fills in the details, providing an enlightening look at Johnson and his charge—the Hispanic students at the Welhausen School—among its collection of La Salle County history. "...I remember even yet the pain of realizing and knowing then that college was closed to practically every one of those children because they were too poor," Johnson recalled of his days at Welhausen, "...and I think it was then that I made up my mind that this nation could never rest while the door to knowledge remained closed to any American." And with that Johnson signed the historic Higher Education Act of 1965 into law. Cotulla seems to have inspired grand beginnings. The simple planting of Bermuda onion seeds by local Cotulla settlers in 1898, together with a large dose of irrigation, ushered in the age of the Winter Garden region for Cotulla and neighboring counties where vegetables would be grown commercially year round. Founder and Polish immigrant Joseph Cotulla would have been proud; remarkable achievements from truly humble beginnings.
A Texas Main Street city, Cotulla visitors will be drawn to town by the hill top orientation of the La Salle County Courthouse, seen from afar as is the water tower—both prominent landmarks as you approach Cotulla. The Front Street historic business district built facing the railroad reflects the town's developmental ties to trade and transportation. Cotulla was part of the 16th century transportation route known as the El Camino Real de los Tejas; its location between San Antonio and Laredo puts it on today's thriving trade route we call IH-35. Don't miss the Texas Hat Museum located inside Ben's Western Wear on Front Street. This amazing hat collection worn by Texas' famous and infamous may inspire collecting your own authentic western duds.