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
This building was located where Walnut enters DeSiard Street. Most remember the site as where the Style Shop was located. Just a heads up: Tomorrow I will be doing a program on the History of Ouachita Parish Public Library for the Library's Facebook page at 10:30 am. Tune in if you can, or catch it … Continue reading Meyer’s Star Emporium
What Fink the Tailor was to men's clothing, the Woman's Shop was to women's fashion. In the 1960's a branch was opened on North 18th street, which is now the location of Fiesta Nutrition Center. The original though, once stood on the corner of Walnut and DeSiard.
In 1819, the Louisiana State Legislature created the town of Lewiston in Ouachita Parish. It was just up the Ouachita from Monroe. No maps of it exist. The description of it was, "...blocks or Squares fronting DeSiard or St. George Street four block and extending North up Walnut Street seven blocks..." T.C. Lewis and Patrick … Continue reading Lewiston, LA – The Ouachita Town That Never Was
This area looks a tad different today. What you are looking at is the intersection of North Grand and Walnut Streets around 1920. The Bohemia Hotel sits where a parking lot is now. I call it the triangular lot. In the foreground is the Southern Hardware and Sugar Brothers Opera House, which is now undergoing … Continue reading North Grand and Walnut