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Oil City in Caddo Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter

 
 
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August 30, 2019
1. Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter Marker
Inscription.  Blues singer from Mooringsport, La. (1888-1949). He played 12 string guitar on Shreveport’s Fannin St., sang his way out of prison, and became a folk hero with songs like “Goodnight Irene,” “Bourgeois Blues,” and “Midnight Special.”
 
Erected 1982 by Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. (Marker Number 340.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicEntertainment.
 
Location. 32° 43.668′ N, 93° 58.384′ W. Marker is in Oil City, Louisiana, in Caddo Parish. Marker is on Williamson Parkway west of State Highway 1, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Oil City LA 71061, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Caddo Lake (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Over Water Oil Well (approx. 0.2 miles away); Trees City Office & Bank (approx. 0.9 miles away); Boom or Bust Byway (approx. one mile away); Oil City (approx. 1.1
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August 30, 2019
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miles away); Potter's Point (approx. 7.2 miles away in Texas); Caddo Indian Dugout Canoe (approx. 8.1 miles away); Horseshoe Bayou Bridge On LA. 530 (approx. 8.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oil City.
 
More about this marker. It is located in the Earl G. Williamson Park.
 
Regarding Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter. He lived here in Oil City between 1925 and 1930.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 13, 2019, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 130 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 13, 2019.

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