“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Covington in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)

Public "Ox Lot" Parking

You're in Ox Lot 16

Public "Ox Lot" Parking Marker image. Click for full size.
October 14, 2016
1. Public "Ox Lot" Parking Marker
Inscription.  Unique to Covington's downtown business district and a credit to our forefathers, our original town grid layout allowed for public squares in the middle of each block for the purpose of trade and commerce. Farmers would bring their oxen-laden carts to town loaded with wares and conduct business in these designated center block locations. Traditionally called "ox lots" and largely responsible for Covington's designation as a national historic district, today's use provides free public off-street parking for downtown visitors and employees.
Erected by Covington Historic District.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers.
Location. 30° 28.636′ N, 90° 5.726′ W. Marker is in Covington, Louisiana, in St. Tammany Parish. Marker is on Plaza Drive 0.1 miles east of North New Hampshire Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Covington LA 70433, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Reconstruction Period (within shouting distance of this marker); Bicentennial Covington #1
Public "Ox Lot" Parking Marker image. Click for full size.
October 14, 2016
2. Public "Ox Lot" Parking Marker
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); H.J. Smith and Sons Hardware and Museum (about 400 feet away); Courthouse Square and Historic Oaks (about 600 feet away); The Covington Bank and Trust Building (about 600 feet away); The Southern Hotel (about 700 feet away); Covington (about 700 feet away); Columbia Street (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Covington.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 20, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 19, 2016. This page has been viewed 204 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 19, 2016. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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