From Indian Trails to Modern Highways: A History of (the) Ouachita Parish Road System

In 1939, a little informational magazine was put together about the history of Ouachita Parish roads and their development. Sprinkled throughout the document are Griffin photos taken all over the parish. You will be amazed at what once passed for roads here! This is another part of the Library's collection that was added to the … Continue reading From Indian Trails to Modern Highways: A History of (the) Ouachita Parish Road System

A Historical Author With Deep Roots in Monroe

Sylvester Q. Breard, "Syl" to his friends, was a regular patron of the library. Being descended from one of Monroe's earliest families, he had a deep love of local history. Before he passed away in 2018, he wrote two published local history books that you can look at in the Genealogy Department of OPPL. The … Continue reading A Historical Author With Deep Roots in Monroe

A Tantalizing Civil War Map

I was exploring the National Archives online catalog, when I found some Confederate maps they have in their collection. One in particular intrigued me: https://catalog.archives.gov/id/171031936 A big problem is that it has no key. I can guess some of what it is, such as towns, swamps, rivers, roads, land owners, etc... What intrigues me is … Continue reading A Tantalizing Civil War Map