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

Washington Parish Louisiana Historical Markers

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November 18, 2017
At This Very Site Marker
Louisiana (Washington Parish), Bogalusa — At This Very Site
At this very site, along the banks of the Bogue Lusa "Black Water" Creek, in 1906, this Great Southern Lumber Company's tent Colony marked the birthplace of the City of Bogalusa. — Map (db m110264) HM
Louisiana (Washington Parish), Bogalusa — Bogalusa's Birthplace
City was born in 1906 just west of here on Bogue Lusa Creek bank when tents were set for 1st campsite of Great Southern Lumber Co. Portable sawmill was erected to cut lumber to build town and what became world's largest sawmill. — Map (db m103248) HM
Louisiana (Washington Parish), Bogalusa — Robert "Bob" Hicks/ Robert "Bob" Hicks Street(Feb. 20, 1929 - Apr. 13, 2010)
Side 1 Fueled by discriminatory practices & violent intimidation that permeated his community, threatened his family & friends, Mr. Hicks developed an unquenchable thirst for justice & equality. He "sparked the spirits" of people & . . . — Map (db m103257) HM
Louisiana (Washington Parish), Bogalusa — The Greater Ebenezer Baptist ChurchMatthew 5:16
The Greater Ebenezer Baptist Church has been utilized in support of community and civil rights activities prior and since the historic 1960s Civil Rights Movement. The only church in the Bogalusa community that permitted assembly of grassroots . . . — Map (db m144422) HM
Louisiana (Washington Parish), Franklinton — First School Washington Parish1809-1820
Some 300 yards West of here on John Bankston’s Creek near spring stood log cabin where bachelor Matt McCain taught school for children of pioneer settlers in summers. — Map (db m85579) HM
Louisiana (Washington Parish), Franklinton — John BickhamFounder of Franklinton
In Honor of John Bickham Founder of Franklinton

In 1819 John Bickham offered to donate thirty acres of land to serve as the Parish Seat of Justice and also to provide land for the building of public schools in what is today the town of . . . — Map (db m110278) HM

Louisiana (Washington Parish), Franklinton — Old Choctaw Trail
Only official state road in Washington Parish until 1843. Choctaw Indians cut trail for trade with tribes in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Biloxi, & Mobile. White man believed to have used trail as early as 1542. — Map (db m110277) HM
Louisiana (Washington Parish), Franklinton — Parish Courthouse
Barn 100 feet east marks site of first justice seat for Washington Parish. It served as Courthouse from March 1820, until removed to present site in 1823, with Col. Thomas C. Warner as presiding judge. — Map (db m127957) HM
Louisiana (Washington Parish), Franklinton — To The Sacred Memory
To The Sacred Memory of Wiley Pierce Born - Jan. 10, 1882. Robert Wesley Crain Born - Aug. 16, 1886. Both Murdered March 3, 1923.

Two native sons of Washington Parish. True and loyal citizens, officers of the Law, were foully . . . — Map (db m110279) HM

Louisiana (Washington Parish), Varnado — Deputy O'Neal Moore
O'Neal Moore (1931-1965) and his partner, David “Creed” Rogers were the first black deputies of the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office.

June 2, 1965, the deputies were ambushed by alleged members of the Ku Klux Klan in a drive-by . . . — Map (db m115681) HM

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