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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana

Clickable Map of Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Calcasieu Parish, LA (48) Beauregard Parish, LA (15) Cameron Parish, LA (3) Jefferson Davis Parish, LA (3) Newton County, TX (25) Orange County, TX (67)  CalcasieuParish(48) Calcasieu Parish (48)  BeauregardParish(15) Beauregard Parish (15)  CameronParish(3) Cameron Parish (3)  JeffersonDavisParish(3) Jefferson Davis Parish (3)  NewtonCountyTexas(25) Newton County (25)  OrangeCounty(67) Orange County (67)
Lake Charles is the parish seat for Calcasieu Parish
Adjacent to Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana
      Beauregard Parish (15)  
      Cameron Parish (3)  
      Jefferson Davis Parish (3)  
      Newton County, Texas (25)  
      Orange County, Texas (67)  
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1Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish, DeQuincy — All Saints Episcopal Church
Built in 1885 in Patterson, La. and originally known as Holy Trinity. Moved to present location in 1942. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places because of its Gothic Revival architecture.Map (db m140550) HM
2Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish, DeQuincy — Kansas City Southern Depot
Built in 1923, the depot is an outstanding example of Mission Revival architecture, and is one of the most architecturally significant railroad depots in the state. Listed on National Register of Historic Places.Map (db m140551) HM
3Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish, DeQuincy — Newport Industries
Between 1890 and 1930, large lumber companies moved into southwest Louisiana to harvest Longleaf Pine. After 1930, most of the companies ended logging operations, leaving thousands of acres of pine stumps. In 1919, W. Burns Logan, Sr., a chemical . . . Map (db m109523) HM
4Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish, DeQuincy — Those who paid the Supreme Sacrifice
World War I April 6, 1917 – Nov. 11, 1918 Thomas Jefferson Gearen • Jessie James Rainwater World War II Dec. 7, 1941 – Sept. 2, 1945 Woodrow Wilson Alston • Norris Bennett • John Laird Boyd • Louis Cooper • George L. . . . Map (db m214285) WM
5Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish, Holmwood — Gerstner Field
First military air field in Louisiana. US Army signal Corps began training Nov. 1917. Gerstner had 24 hangars and 90 other buildings. Almost 500 fighter pilots and instructors were trained here for the World War I Western Front. Dismantled in 1921; . . . Map (db m109525) HM
6Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish, Lake Charles — 44th Air Refueling Squadron — (SAC)
Activated Lake Charles AFB LA 1953 Deactivated at Selfridge AFB MI 1964 Crew Positions Aircraft Commander Pilot Navigator Flight Engineer Boom Operator Radio Operator Crew ChiefMap (db m147260) HM WM
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7Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish, Lake Charles — Adolphus W. Greely
Major General U.S.Army Medal Of Honor Issued 22 February 1935Map (db m147300) HM WM
8Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish, Lake Charles — Albert Weisbogel
C aptain U.S. Navy - U.S.S. Benicia Medals of Honor Issued Double Awardee 23-March-1886 9-June-1886Map (db m147314) HM WM
9Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish, Lake Charles — Ball's Auditorium — 1414 St. John Street
One block from this site stood Ball's Auditorium from 1945 to 1995. Here, Reginald Ball, Sr. operated a trade school to help returning World War II African- American veterans obtain jobs through training in the crafts. By the 1950s, the trade . . . Map (db m116201) HM
10Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish, Lake Charles — Barbe Pier
The pioneer Barbe family operated a public fishing pier and casino, beach and park at this site as early as the turn of the twentieth century, and after the 1918 storm, they planned and constructed a Pleasure Pier, Dancing Pavilion and Bathhouse . . . Map (db m147001) HM
11Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish, Lake Charles — Bilbo Cemetery
Established April 8, 1840 with the burial of Margaret Bilbo. Burial site of John Jacob Ryan Jr. 1816-1899 Father of Lake Charles. Earlier site of ancient Attakapa Indian village U.S. Army Military post, Cantonment Atkinson, 1829-1832 . . . Map (db m147002) HM
12Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish, Lake Charles — Cantonment Atkinson — 1829-1832
A military post established by the Federal Government for the protection of Louisiana against illicit border warfare following the Louisiana Purchase.Map (db m146934) HM
13Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish, Lake Charles — Captain Daniel Johannes Goos
Panel 1 Born March 23, 1815 in Wyk Auf Fφhr, Nordfriesland, now Germany Immigrated to Philadelphia in 1835 and soon moved to New Orleans Married Katarina Barbara Moeling March 26, 1846 Moved to Lake Charles in 1855 Died May 19, 1898 in . . . Map (db m147253) HM
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14Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish, Lake Charles — Charles W. Anderson
Pvt. U.S. Army Co. K, 1st New York Calvary (Union) Medal of Honor Issued 26-March-1865Map (db m147974) HM WM
15Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish, Lake Charles — Christian Science — Historical Marker
Christian Science was discovered by Mary Baker Eddy in 1866. This church is one of the many world wide branches of The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts, organized by her in 1879. By 1890, a group of . . . Map (db m136264) HM
16Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish, Lake Charles — Douglas B. Fournet
1st Lt. U.S. Army Co. B, 1st Bat. 7th Cavalry (Airmobile) Medal Of Honor Issued 7-April-1970 PosthunouslyMap (db m150335) HM WM
17Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish, Lake Charles — Edward Schowalter, Jr.
1st. Lt. U.S. Army Co. A, 31st Inf. Reg. 7th Inf. Div. Medal Of Honor Issued GO# 6 12-January-1952Map (db m150316) HM WM
18Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish, Lake Charles — Emanual Stance
Sgt. U.S. Army- Co F, 9th U.S. Cavalry Medal Of Honor Issued 28-June-1870Map (db m147998) HM WM
19Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish, Lake Charles — Goldband Studio
Goldband Records was founded in 1945 by Eddie Shuler to record the music of his band “The All-Star Revelers” and later to record music created by other regional musicians. The record label was known for its Cajun, swamp pop, and . . . Map (db m116634) HM
20Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish, Lake Charles — Hampton M. Roach
Cpl. U.S. Army - Co. F. 5th U.S. Cavalry Medal of Honor Issued 27-January-1880Map (db m147976) HM WM
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21Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish, Lake Charles — Homer L. Wise
S/SGT U.S. Army Co. L. 142nd Infantry, 36th Inf. Div. Medal of Honor Issued GO #90 8-December-1944Map (db m148514) HM WM
22Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish, Lake Charles — Howard Gilmore
Commander - U.S. Navy - Submarine Service U.S.S. Growler Medal of Honor Issued 13-July-1943 PosthumouslyMap (db m148439) HM WM
23Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish, Lake Charles — Hulon Brooks Whittington
Sgt. U.S. Army 41st Armored Inf. 2nd Armored Div. Medal of Honor Issued GO#32 23 April 1945Map (db m149682) HM
24Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish, Lake Charles — Jean Laffite
Jean Laffite was a French privateer, pirate and patriot. A hero with his band of baratarians at the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. Reputed to have had a warehouse on Contraband Bayou and to have conducted business with locals, Charles Salier and . . . Map (db m136230) HM
25Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish, Lake Charles — Jefferson J. DeBlanc
Captian U.S.M.C. - Marine Fighter Sq. 112 Medal of Honor Issued 6-December-1948Map (db m149704) HM WM
26Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish, Lake Charles — John Osborne
Seaman U.S. Navy - U.S.S. Juniata Medal of Honor Issued G.O. #218 24-August-1876Map (db m147313) HM WM
27Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish, Lake Charles — John R. Kane
Colonel U.S.Army Air Corps Ploetsi, Rumania - 9th Air Force Meal of Honor Issued GO #54 9-August-1943Map (db m148456) HM WM
28Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish, Lake Charles — John Williams
Captain U.S. Navy U.S.S. Pawee Medal of Honor Issued 3-April-1863Map (db m148428) HM WM
29Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish, Lake Charles — Killen Field — Reported missing
Louisiana High School Hall of Famer, R.S. Killen, coached from 1924-1950. In 1944, this stadium was named Killen Field in his honor. The name was revoked in 1953 due to a state law barring naming public structures after living persons. This stadium . . . Map (db m205919) HM
30Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish, Lake Charles — LaGrange High School
In 1903, Mesard LaGrange donated an acre for a one-room schoolhouse at this site, and in 1913 offered to donate 9 more acres for an expansion of the school. The School Board at the time offered him $1000 for the land to obtain clear title. In 1929, . . . Map (db m116338) HM
31Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish, Lake Charles — Lake Charles 9/11 Memorial
The World Trade Center beams rise from a reflecting pool and visitors may touch one of the beams from the walkway. Each piece of glass embedded in the "ribbon of souls” represents one of the lives lost in the attacks. Earth tones represent . . . Map (db m149627) HM
32Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish, Lake Charles — Lake Charles High School Kilties — 1939-1983
The Lake Charles High School Kilties, Louisiana's first all-girl drill team, was widely known for its fast-stepping precision drills, its unique drum cadences and its tartan plaid uniforms. With the piercing trill of the Colonels' whistles and the . . . Map (db m116203) HM
33Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish, Lake Charles — Leroy Johnson
Sgt. U.S. Army - Co. K. 126 Infantry 32 Inf. Div. Medal of Honor Issued GO#83 2-October-1945 PosthumouslyMap (db m149684) HM WM
34Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish, Lake Charles — Lost Railroad Stations
At least four railroad stations were located in Lake Charles, all of which have been lost. On Railroad Avenue at Bilbo were passenger and freight stations (circa 1880) for Louisiana Western Railroad, later Southern Pacific which ran to points east . . . Map (db m116217) HM
35Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish, Lake Charles — Louisiana Baptist Orphanage
Area congregations constructed a two-story orphanage in 1899 that housed up to 150 children at a time. This location was selected for the wholesome, rural character of the setting. The landmark structure was so identified with this part of the . . . Map (db m116272) HM
36Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish, Lake Charles — Majestic Hotel — Bilbo at Pujo Street
On this site stood the Majestic Hotel from 1906 to 1965. Advanced for its day, the Majestic's own water system was used to save it (and surrounding properties) during the Great Lake Charles Fire of 1910. The Majestic Hotel was operated for . . . Map (db m172222) HM
37Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish, Lake Charles — Martin Freeman
Lt. U.S. Navy U.S.S. Hartfort (Union) Medal of Honor Issued 31-December-1884Map (db m147971) HM WM
38Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish, Lake Charles — Michael J. Novasel
CWO U.S. Army - 86 Med. Detachment, 45 MEDC, 68th Med Grp Medal of Honor Issued 16-July-1971Map (db m150318) HM WM
39Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish, Lake Charles — Raymond M. Clausen
Pvt U.S.M.C. Marine Med. Helicopter Sqd. 263 Marine Air Grp 16 Medal Of Honor Issued 15-June-1971Map (db m150336) HM
40Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish, Lake Charles — St. Charles Academy
The original site of St. Charles Academy was the northeast corner of Ryan and Kirby, part of the Roman Catholic complex of church, convent and school destroyed in the Great Fire of 1910. Opening in 1882, St. Charles Academy was staffed by the . . . Map (db m116323) HM
41Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish, Lake Charles — Steven L. Bennet
Captain U.S.A.F. 20th Tact. Air Support, Pacific Air Force Medal of Honor Issued 8-August-1974 PosthumouslyMap (db m147997) HM WM
42Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish, Lake Charles — The Arcade Theatre and Miller Building, the Paramount and the Weber Building — 822 Ryan Street to 840 Ryan Street
Four important landmarks once stood here, part of an unbroken line of buildings from Railroad Avenue to Clarence Street. The Weber Building housed professional offices and was the center of Western Union communications for this region. The offices . . . Map (db m116238) HM
43Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish, Lake Charles — Theodore S. Wilkinson Jr.
Ensign U.S. Navy - Veta Cruz, Mex. U.S.S. Kansas Medal of Honor Issued G.O. #177 4-December-1915Map (db m147315) HM WM
44Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish, Lake Charles — Thomas J. Ryan
Ensign - U.S. Navy - U.S.S. Salem Medal of Honor Issued 15-March-1924Map (db m147304) HM WM
45Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish, Lake Charles — Vietnam Veterans Memorial — VVA-215
Plaque 1 In Memory of All Vietnam Veterans This memorial was erected in memory of the young individuals who went to war as kids and lost their youthful dreams, and some their lives, for a cause - freedom and honor - and came back as men with . . . Map (db m147317) HM WM
46Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish, Niblett's Bluff — Civil War Memorial
In Memory of Louisiana and Texas Confederate Soldiers who Died During an Epidemic While In Camp at Niblett's Bluff.Map (db m136233) HM WM
47Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish, Niblett's Bluff — The Old Confederate Military Road — 1862-1865
In 1862 when federal troops captured New Orleans and blockaded the mouth of the Mississippi River, Confederate forces under Maj. Gen. Richard Taylor established headquarters in Central Louisiana, where they successfully stopped Maj. Gen. Nathaniel . . . Map (db m136732) HM
48Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish, Sulphur — The Henning Family — Area Pioneers, Community Leaders, Business & Industry Stalwarts
The Henning Family arrived in Calcasieu Parish in approximately 1875 and began to lay the foundation for a remarkable tenure as community, business and industry leaders. Reverend John Henning and Family, including son John Thomas Henning, arrived in . . . Map (db m109527) HM
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Jan. 30, 2023