Pineville in Rapides Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
The roots of Louisiana College extend to schools at Mount Lebanon (Bienville Parish) and Keachie (DeSoto Parish), founded in the 1850's by north Louisiana Baptists. By the end of the nineteenth century the Louisiana Baptist Convention (LBC) assumed control over both institutions and at the same time began to plan for a more centrally located college. In January 1906, the Education Commission of the LBC voted in favor of this site over land offered in Alexandria, and on October 3rd of the same year Louisiana College opened with 19 students and 3 faculty members. In 1909 the school became coeducational. After a devastating fire on January 3, 1911, sentiment arose among some Baptist leaders for relocation of the college, but later in the year at a special session of the LBC delegates voted overwhelmingly to rebuild at the Pineville site. In 1923 Louisiana College became one of the first colleges in the state to receive accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges & Secondary Schools.
Erected 1988 by Central Cities Development Corporation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these Churches & Religion • Education.
Location. 31° 19.529′ N, 92° 25.611′ W. Marker is in Pineville, Louisiana, in Rapides Parish. Marker is on Allen Drive south of College Drive, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pineville LA 71360, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Alexandria Hall (a few steps from this marker); In Honor and Memory of Louisiana College Students (within shouting distance of this marker); Cavanaugh Hall of Science (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1100 Block Main Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1101 Main Street (approx. ¼ mile away); 1000 Block Main Street (approx. ¼ mile away); Intersection of Main and Reagan streets (approx. 0.3 miles away); 900 Block of Main Street (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pineville.
More about this marker. Located on the National Register of Historic Places "Alexandria Hall" building.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 27, 2017. It was originally submitted on November 26, 2017, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 132 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 26, 2017.