How about this photo of a bridge at Travelers Rest in West Monroe? Wonder which bridge it was?
This next photo is the Salt Water Natatorium from an angle I have never seen before. You can clearly see the Pavilion off to the right. I think in the background you can see the Ouachita River, which gives you an idea how close it was to the river!
I found this online in a book published in 1912 by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Immigration called, "A hand-book of Louisiana". I'll be posting a couple more photos from it over the next few days. The front yard of Ingleside looks very different today!
What you are looking at is page three of a four page newspaper called the Daily Electric Letter, published at Monroe November 13, 1877. This is the local news section. It is the only issue of it that I have ever seen. This newspaper only lasted about two and a half months (Nov. 2 - … Continue reading The Daily Electric Letter
Picture of the front of the Market House Restaurant circa 1914. Taken from a newspaper clipping. None of the individuals are identified. News-Star, December 16, 1911 The Market House Restaurant is conveniently located in the City Market House on DeSiard street and it is under the able and progressive management of the proprietor, Mr. Will … Continue reading Market House Restaurant
I found the above article in an 1825 Washita Gazette. It basically ordered Monroe citizens owning town lots to maintain the roads and ditches around their lots. Kinda wish they did this today!
This ad for a local horse race meet, appeared in the Ouachitta Banner in October, 1839. It is not know where this race course was, but the stakes were pretty high in 1839 money. A rich man's sport to be sure!
Back in the early days of many cities, no one really had individual mailboxes for postal delivery. Your mail was sent to the local post office and it was up to you to check and see if you had a letter. This was kind of hard if you lived way out in the parish and … Continue reading List of Letters in 1825
I was told about this website called Strange Fruit and Spanish Moss. They have documented lynching incidents from around the country. One of the ones that was documented was the Laura Porter lynching in Monroe: http://strangefruitandspanishmoss.blogspot.com/2015/10/july-25-1910-laura-porter.html Laura was the one in my post on Ouachita Parish lynching that was never found, but was rumored to … Continue reading The Laura Porter Lynching
Tulane has a very impressive steamboat collection. Among the collection is this beauty: https://digitallibrary.tulane.edu/islandora/object/tulane:75015 I think they have the date wrong though. The Ouachita Belle was built in Louisville, KY for Captain Fred Blanks' line and made it to New Orleans in December that year to start her run. She travelled up and down the … Continue reading The Ouachita Belle