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

Transportation & Timber

 
 
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By Jason Armstrong, February 28, 2021
1. Transportation & Timber Marker
Inscription.  The railroad was instrumental in bringing industry, mail delivery and goods like groceries to the small towns it passed through.

Funding and construction of the first railroad, that today passes through Vivian, Oil City and other towns in the area proved problematic. Early resident and entrepreneur Arthur Stillwell travelled to Amsterdam Holland, and was successful in raising the funds needed to build the Kansas City, Pittsburg & Gulf Railway. It was later renamed the Kansas City Southern and still hauls coal through towns today.

Sawmills came to the area's because of the timber, while steamboats and railroads transported the lumber to factories in the Northeast. Cotton and timber remained as the areas greatest economic resources until the turn of the century.

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Above: Kansas City Southern Train #2, the northbound Southern Belle, travels across the tranquil waters of Caddo Lake as it departs Mooringsport, LA in June of 1969.
Left: Steamboats once were essential to travel in northwest Louisiana. Lakes and bayous served as alternatives to roads through dense forests and thick underbrush.

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Even fully loaded with cotton bales, steamboats could paddle across shallow water, churning past stands of cypress toward plantation landings.
Right: While there is little left of the rugged logging railroads that hauled timber from local forests at the turn of the 20th century, those railroads proved to be lifelines for many towns, funneling passengers and cargoes through newly constructed depots.

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Horticulture & ForestryIndustry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars.
 
Location. 32° 52.316′ N, 93° 59.127′ W. Marker is in Vivian, Louisiana, in Caddo Parish. Marker is on SW Front Street half a mile north of East Arkansas Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Located under Gazebo outside of Chamber of Commerce building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 NW Front St, Vivian LA 71082, 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. Agriculture (here, next to this marker); Roughnecks & Roustabouts (here, next to this marker); Vivian Railroad Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Discovery-Rodessa Oil Field (approx. 6.9 miles away); Frog Level (approx. 7.1 miles away); Potter's Point (approx.
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7.8 miles away in Texas); Oil City (approx. 9 miles away); Boom or Bust Byway (approx. 9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vivian.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 8, 2021, by Jason Armstrong of Talihina, OKlahoma. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photo   1. submitted on April 8, 2021, by Jason Armstrong of Talihina, OKlahoma. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.
 
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May. 14, 2021