Jackson County Places:  LaWard      


LA WARD, TEXAS. La Ward is on State Highway 172 in southern Jackson County. It was originally part of the Red Bluff settlement. The community was built in 1904 on the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railway and named for local rancher Lafayette Ward. It had a section house and two stores. By 1914 La Ward had developed into a banking and shipping center. In 1940 it had an independent school district and a population of 200. The population crested in 1962 at 300. In the 1960s La Ward began a period of decline. By 1971 the population was 116. The town was incorporated in 1980, and by 1988 it had 204 residents and eight businesses. In 1990 the population was 162.

History from the Handbook of Texas Online


1936 Map of LaWard from General Highway Map of Jackson County, 1936 View map legend
Welcome to LaWard. Click to enlarge
LaWard Mercantile Co.  Click to enlarge
Map of LaWard from mapquest.com
Map of LaWard, UGSG Survey
LaWard Junior Class 1946-47 photo
LaWard Spanish Class 1946-47 photo

Postmasters of LaWard

Joines, Geo. R., 31 Jly 1906

Joines, Alex. C., 1 Feb 1912
Bolling Jr., John A., 12 Feb 1917
Harman, Theo. E., 26 Nov 1919 (Failed to qualify)
Baxter, Thos. J., 27 Aug 1920
Bonnot, Bertha D., 12 May 1927
Bonnot, Leonidas A., 2 May 1928
Source:  Postmasters and Post Offices of Jackson County, 1846 - 1930


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