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

Ida Lousiana

Ida Lousiana Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Armstrong, March 13, 2021
1. Ida Lousiana Marker
Inscription.  Settlement in the Ida area began before 1840, with increasing numbers coming from the East after the Civil War. They came by ox-drawn wagons or by steamboat. Earliest permanent settlers were Readrick Kelly, Chesley Green Williams, the Munnerlyn brothers, and their families.

Churches and schools were important to the pioneers. The first established church was Munnerlyn Chapel (1877) when a group of Methodists began meeting in a small log building constructed by the Munnerlyns. The first Baptist church and school was Bethsaida, established in 1883.

Bethsaida served as the school until the town built a new building in 1905. This two-story building served until 1928 when a large brick building was erected, which served educational needs until school consolidation in mid century. Ida Methodists constructed a church in 1904 on land donated by the Means brothers. This building still serves the congregation, although the original bell tower has been removed.

With the coming of the railroad and the establishment of a post office in 1897, the little town began to grow with stores opening to serve the farmers, lumbermen, and sawmills in

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the area. Missionary plantation and other farms to the east, in the Red River bottomland, added much to the economy of the area. Today Ida is a small town with a big heart, and welcomes all who come to visit or to live.

In 1909, Standard Oil Company built a pumping station in Ida to move oil from the Oklahoma fields to their Baton Rouge refineries. After the discovery of the Rodessa Oil Field in the 1930's Ida became a boomtown, with a bank, stores, cafes, and even a dancehall to cater to the needs of oilfield workers.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1840.
Location. 33° 0.235′ N, 93° 53.648′ W. Marker is in Ida, Louisiana, in Caddo Parish. Marker is on East Magnolia Lane near U.S. 71, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6999 E Magnolia Ln, Ida LA 71044, 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. Ida Post Office Building (here, next to this marker); History of The Spring Bank Ferry (approx. 6 miles away in Arkansas); The Spring Bank Ferry (approx. 6.2 miles away in Arkansas); Frog Level (approx. 6.3 miles away); Discovery-Rodessa Oil Field

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(approx. 6.3 miles away); Hosston Methodist Church (approx. 7.9 miles away); The Adams-Fuller House (approx. 8.1 miles away); Hosston Post Office (approx. 8.2 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on May 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 24, 2021, by Jason Armstrong of Talihina, Oklahoma. This page has been viewed 378 times since then and 75 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on May 24, 2021, by Jason Armstrong of Talihina, Oklahoma. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.
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Apr. 24, 2024