A Ouachita Settlement Before Fort Miro?

I was reading a thesis about the effect of human settlement in Ouachita Parish on the landscape (read the whole thing here: https://shareok.org/bitstream/handle/11244/31625/Thesis-1974D-A425s.pdf;jsessionid=4D09B04F0C16F02D4D42C72D2C4605FE?sequence=1 ) when I found something I hadn't heard before. This thesis claimed that in 1719, France decided to set up a colony on the Ouachita river. The site selected was the bend … Continue reading A Ouachita Settlement Before Fort Miro?

Fighting Men of Louisiana Index

After WWII, a vanity print book was published, highlighting some of the soldiers who had served in that war from Louisiana. It was called "The Fighting Men of Louisiana". It included a biography of the soldier along with a photo. Several different editions were published, each highlighting a section of the state. The Ouachita Parish … Continue reading Fighting Men of Louisiana Index

The Excavation of the Fort Miro Site and a Forgotten Grave

I don't know why this stuck out for me. Maybe it is because I have such a deep interest in cemeteries. I have loved them since I was a kid. All the stories for all the people buried in them just fascinate me. Anyway, I was reading the book on the 1975 excavation of where … Continue reading The Excavation of the Fort Miro Site and a Forgotten Grave

The Beginnings of the Brown Paper Mill

Today, this facility in West Monroe is known as Graphic Packaging. Back in 1924, a newsletter out of Delaware called "The Super Calender" did a profile about the brand new West Monroe Mill that had just started operating. I found a copy of this newsletter on Ebay and bought it for the collection. You can … Continue reading The Beginnings of the Brown Paper Mill