Another map to come out of the 1976-77 Historical Preservation Study, showed the plantation homes that stood along the Ouachita River. A lot of them are still standing.
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?
Wednesday, my boss found a map of Ouachita Parish pasted in the front cover of one of our Peters Funeral Home Records books. It appears to be hand drawn and shows all the little communities that were here in the early 20th century. Did you know where Breard Springs was? I didn't either, but it … Continue reading Map of the Small Communities of Ouachita Parish
Ballou's Pictorial, Boston, MA, January 20, 1855, Page 46, "Editorial Melange." A panther entered the dining room of a house in Ouachita Parish, La. a short time since, while the family were seated at their meal, and after upsetting the table and nearly killing two dogs, made good his retreat. He was followed, however, and … Continue reading A Panther Upsets a Family Meal
I have seemed to come to a dead end in this wild goose chase. I happened to stumble across a book digitized on Archive.org entitled, "Minutes of the Louisiana Conference, Methodist Episcopal Church South, Held in Waterproof, Louisiana February 4, 1857". On page 7 of the booklet is a report from a committee called Monuments … Continue reading A Lost Methodist Preacher
How about this photo of a bridge at Travelers Rest in West Monroe? Wonder which bridge it was?
I found this online in a book published in 1912 by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Immigration called, "A hand-book of Louisiana". I'll be posting a couple more photos from it over the next few days. The front yard of Ingleside looks very different today!
This ad for a local horse race meet, appeared in the Ouachitta Banner in October, 1839. It is not know where this race course was, but the stakes were pretty high in 1839 money. A rich man's sport to be sure!
Postcard of the P.M. Atkins Bridge shortly after it was built. Did you know that the Lea Joyner bridge was actually originally named for someone else? In 1931, Monroe and West Monroe decided they needed a new bridge across the Ouachita to connect the two cities. On April 30, 1936, Governor James A. Noe declared … Continue reading The P.M. Atkins Bridge
The week previous to last week's ice storm, I was asked by Vantage Health to be filmed giving a lecture on the history of Mardi Gras in Monroe. It premiered last Friday on Facebook and was placed on their YouTube channel as well. Check it out! https://youtu.be/rcPIgIGRJig