Episode 3: Cotulla

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Sara Schleede

Sara Schleede was an audio director with The Drag and host of the "35" and "Request Pending" podcasts.

Cotulla, Texas, has used its place on the Eagle Ford Pass, an oil and natural gas field, to keep its economy afloat. However, the latest oil bust has turned Cotulla to a new form of revenue: heritage tourism. Now the sleepy small town is undergoing a transformation to pull drivers off the highway and revitalize the community.

Mostly empty storefronts fill Cotulla’s historic downtown on Front Street, which faces the Union Pacific Railroad. Photo by Sara Schleede
Plaza Florita
Plaza Florita stands in the middle of the east side of Cotulla, Texas. Photo by Sara Schleede
Statue of President Lyndon B. Johnson
A statue of President Lyndon B. Johnson stands outside the Welhausen School in Cotulla, Texas. Photo by Sara Schleede

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