Who would have thought that two photos of downtown Monroe in the summer of 1972, could be found in the collection of a New York art museum? The Metropolitan Museum of Art no less! Today, on the 151st anniversary of their opening, I thought I would share a Monroe item found in their collection! The … Continue reading Downtown Monroe, 1972
The above photo has been reproduced several times through the years. I don't know where the original is, or even if it is still in existence. According to the caption, this shows South Grand Street in 1870 after a snow. The bottom right bare lot is where the Austin's building now stands. The perspective leaves … Continue reading South Grand Street Covered in Snow, circa 1870.
The Library of Congress has a collection of photographs taken by John Margolis. Among his stops in 1982 was Monroe. I found this particular photo: https://www.loc.gov/resource/mrg.04492/ interesting, since the building isn't there anymore. If I remember correctly, it fell into South Grand Street and had to be demolished. You can see Austin's building right next … Continue reading A Photographer’s View of Monroe in the 1980’s
Another postcard found online. This one was taken at the turn of the century near the intersection of DeSiard and Grand streets. To give you an idea of the view, the building on the far right is known today as the Austin's Restaurant building.
Most of you know this building as the Austin's Restaurant building. The September 14, 1889 Ouachita Telegraph has the following article: A contract we learn has been entered into by the Merchant's and Farmer's Bank and Mr. H.C. Voss, the well known contractor, for the erection of a handsome two story building on the lot … Continue reading Merchant’s and Farmers Bank
A couple of years ago, I finished transcribing the Worlds Fair edition of the Monroe Evening News, May 13, 1893. There were several very interesting engravings included in the newspaper of local businessmen and buildings. I like this one, because this building is still standing. It is known today as the Austin's restaurant building,, located … Continue reading The Merchants and Farmers Bank