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Stuart's Rancho, TX

John Leffler General Entry

Stuart's Rancho was a small settlement twelve miles northeast of Encinal in south central La Salle County. The community seems to have been located on the property of William A. (Peg-leg) Stuart, one of the leading citizens of La Salle County during the 1870s and early 1880s. Stuart was born in Tennessee; he moved to La Salle County about 1857 and became a prominent landowner in the Fort Ewell area. He was married to a woman of Mexican descent, and, according to one account, was particularly influential in the local Mexican-American community. From September 1881 to March 1882 Stuart's Rancho served as the first county seat of La Salle County; the county court was housed in Mrs. Ford's Hotel.

Annette Martin Ludeman, La Salle: La Salle County (Quanah, Texas: Nortex, 1975).


  • Communities

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

John Leffler, “Stuart's Rancho, TX,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 13, 2021,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

July 1, 1995