I took this from a window of the hospital parking garage. This was the site of the old Anna Meyer home, which became the second Monroe library building. Made me a little sad to see the building gone.
The above building was built in 1903 on Jackson Street, across the street from the Jewish synagogue. It was the original Y.M.C.A. building. Today, the site is a parking lot across the street from the Francis Tower.
This is a copy of an old postcard from the collection of the Ouachita Parish Public Library. I don't know exactly where on Jackson street this was. I can tell it dates to around 1910. The trolley lines were put in around 1906 and the street isn't paved. Aren't those houses beautiful?
The yellow home in the foreground of both pictures is known as the Bright-Lamkin-Easterling home, located at 918 Jackson Street. The other home was owned by Mayor Henry Bernstein. The Bright-Lamkin-Easterling home was built by railroad tycoon William Bright in 1890. He had sold his railroad (The H.C. & A.) to Jay Gould and invested … Continue reading The Bright-Lamkin-Easterling Home
On November 30 of last year, i posted a view of Jackson street taken probably between 1906 and 1910: .https://ouachitaparishhistory.com/2018/11/30/jackson-street-at-the-turn-of-the-century I found this second view, probably taken pre 1906 due to no trolley tracks in the street. Prominent in the foreground is St. Matthew's Roman Catholic Church. You see that it doesn't have a steeple … Continue reading Jackson Street at the Turn of the Century: Another View
Judging by the dress and automobiles, this was taken in the mid to late 1940's. It shows a view of Jackson Street taken from DeSiard. You can see Monroe city buses lined up next to the Central Savings Bank & Trust Company building. The sign on the front bus says they are going to Bernstein … Continue reading Jackson Street circa 1945
This is a DeSiard Street photo that sits on top of a shelf in the Genealogy Department of the Ouachita Parish Public Library. It shows a traffic policeman directing a nicely dressed woman at the corner of DeSiard and Jackson Streets. Judging from the style of dress, and knowing the Palais Royal opened in 1925, … Continue reading Bustling DeSiard Street in the late 1920s
This is one of my favorite old photos of Monroe! What you are looking at, is a shot down Jackson street. On the left you can see the Jewish Temple with the ten commandment tablets at the top. the white building is St. Hyacinth Catholic School, with St. Mathew Church sitting next to it. Notice … Continue reading Jackson Street at the Turn of the Century
This is a rare, grainy photo I found! It shows men erecting a pole (probably electric!) on the corner of Jackson and DeSiard Streets. To give you an idea, the vacant lot is where the Central Bank and Trust Company building is now. You can see Kaliski Music Company in the back. The building later … Continue reading Turn of the Century DeSiard