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Georgetown in Grant Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

Nightriders

 
 
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June 28, 2019
1. Nightriders Marker
Inscription.  
The Harrisonburg Road was a wagon trail in the 1800s that connected the Natchez Trace to the El Camino Real. This section of the road, along the border of Grant Parish and Winn Parish, is where the West Kimbrell Clan-other wise known as "The Nightriders"- robbed and murdered travelers in the years following the Civil War. In the daytime, the Nightriders were known as upstanding citizens of their local community. By establishing good reputations within the local communities, the Nightriders were able to disguise their true identy as mass murderers, who preyed upon their victims after dark. On Easter Sunday, 1870, a vigilante mob hunted down the outlaws and executed them by firing squad, including their leader, John West. Afterwards, several wells were discovered along the Harrisonburg Road, containing the remains of the Nightriders' many victims. The Nightriders are a part of Louisiana's rich history, and the events that took place along the Harrisonburg Road should be preserved.
 
Erected by The Grant Parish Preservation Board and The Grant Parish Planning Commission.
 
Marker series.
Nightriders Marker image. Click for full size.
June 28, 2019
2. Nightriders Marker
This marker is included in the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 31° 47.797′ N, 92° 34.782′ W. Marker is in Georgetown, Louisiana, in Grant Parish. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 167 and State Highway 500, on the right when traveling south on U.S. 167. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Georgetown LA 71432, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Long Home Site (approx. 9 miles away); Earl Kemp Long (approx. 9.6 miles away); Long-Tison (approx. 9.6 miles away); Huey Pierce Long (approx. 9.6 miles away); Village of Georgetown (approx. 11.7 miles away); Verda (approx. 13.2 miles away).
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 4, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 2, 2019, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 95 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 2, 2019.
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