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Rodessa in Caddo Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South-Central)
 

Frog Level

Later Rodessa "History"

 
 
Frog Level Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 12, 2016
1. Frog Level Marker
Inscription.  
Frog Level and Rodessa
A town meeting was called in the 1800’s by Noah Tyson Sr., store owner, police juror and post master, to name their town. The frogs were hollering in a nearby pond. A man from Alabama jumped up and said, “Let’s name it Frog Level” and so they did. On April 11, 1879, M.C. Spearman was appointed post master. Frog Level’s name was changed to Rodessa in 1898 when the K.C.S. Railroad was built in this area. The president of the K.C.S named the town after his daughter, we’re told. In July of 1935 the I.L. Young gas well was brought in by United Gas Company, opening one of Louisiana’s major oil fields. As of January 1, 1973, 101,773,804 barrels of crude oil have been produced on the Louisiana side.
 
Erected by Big Kahuna Burger.
 
Location. 32° 58.434′ N, 93° 59.782′ W. Marker is in Rodessa, Louisiana, in Caddo Parish. Marker is on West Front Street (State Highway 1) 0.2 miles north of Main Street (State Highway 168), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map.
Frog Level Marker (<i>tall view showing frog sculptures atop columns</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 12, 2016
2. Frog Level Marker (tall view showing frog sculptures atop columns)
Marker is in this post office area: Rodessa LA 71069, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Discovery-Rodessa Oil Field (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bessie Coleman (approx. 13.8 miles away in Texas); Lynn Plantation (approx. 15.6 miles away); Cedar Bluff Ferry (approx. 16.6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Frog Level - Concrete Frogs. Perched on two brick columns are two very large green frogs made of concrete, one is named "ALABAMA" the other named "GEORGIA". The frogs commemorate those who came from Georgia and Alabama and settled in the area. The city of Rodessa named in 1896, took over two smaller nearby communities - Spoonful and Frog Level, named for the noise of the frogs in a nearby pond. The idea for the monument came from Rodessa's mayor, Noah Tyson. The sculptures cost about $2,700 and were donated by the Fix-It-Well Company. (Submitted on January 5, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Rodessa Oilfield. The Rodessa oilfield extends from western Louisiana across the southeastern corner of Cass County and into the northeastern corner of Marion County. Drilling on the Texas side of the field began on December 24, 1936, with the completion of the R. W. Norton No. 1, Haywood well in Cass County and was
Frog Level Marker (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 12, 2016
3. Frog Level Marker (wide view)
extended into Marion County in 1937. (Submitted on January 5, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Louisiana Highway 1 (<i>view of highway and railroad tracks from near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 12, 2016
4. Louisiana Highway 1 (view of highway and railroad tracks from near marker)
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on January 7, 2019. This page originally submitted on January 5, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 72 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 5, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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