The Ouachita Hotel, was located where the park is now at the corner of 3rd and DeSiard. It was built in 1861 by Sloan and Mason. In 1890, F.G. Key bought the building and it became the Key House. In 1895 a case of Smallpox broke out at the hotel which made the Shreveport paper: … Continue reading The Ouachita/Key House: Monroe’s Confederate Hospital?
This is another object from my collection. It is a matchbook from the Frances Hotel. It still has all of it's matches! The slogan, "follow the Beacon" is a reference to the bright red light on the top of the hotel. I have been told it could be seen for miles. You knew you were … Continue reading Matchbook from the old Frances Hotel
Before the Civil War, the best known hotel in Monroe was called the Veranda Hotel. It was located in the middle of the block where the post office/U.S. District Court building is downtown. I found this interesting article many years ago in the Ouachita Telegraph, June 23, 1888, page 3. It gives a clue as … Continue reading Veranda Hotel
The Crowley Signal (Crowley, LA) January 4, 1908 There is sometimes a great deal in a name. Some wag wrote Carrie Nation's name on the register of the Hotel Monroe, at Monroe, the other day and the hotel bar closed within half an hour, while the proprietors of the other bars stood in their doors … Continue reading “There is sometimes a great deal in a name.”
I love this one! The water was incredibly low during the summer of 1907. Can you imagine wading across the Ouachita? The big building in the foreground is Ouachita National Bank and Central Savings Bank and Trust Company building built the year before on Grand Street. It would be torn down the 70's. The building … Continue reading Monroe’s Riverfront in 1907.
Mississippi Free Trader (Natchez, MS) August 26, 1836, Page 3 MONROE HOTEL. The subscriber offers this house to the patronage of the public. It is well located, being directly opposite to the Receiver’s office, and only a very short distance from the Register’s. If personal attention, obliging servants, good beds, and as good a table … Continue reading The Earliest Hotel in Monroe.