On Control House Road near 8th Street (State Highway 158), on the right when traveling west.
At 6:00 PM on April 26, 1864, here, near the junction of Cane and Red Rivers the Confederates set up an artillery battery to intercept Federal gun boats. Two boats were captured. More than 200 people on board the vessels were killed or wounded. . . . — — Map (db m136284) HM
On Eighth Street (State Highway 158) at Main Street (Alexandria-Colfax Highway) (State Highway 8), on the right when traveling north on Eighth Street.
Grant Parish was formed in 1869 from parts of Winn and Rapides parishes by Act 82 of the Louisiana legislature and named for President U.S. Grant.Colfax, incorporated in 1878, was named for Vice President Schuyler Colfax. Once known as Calhoun's . . . — — Map (db m136239) HM
On Graham Street west of Ash Street, on the right when traveling west.
On this site stood the former Grant Parish Training School. Established in 1937, it served as the high school for the African-American population. In 1954 Grant Parish Training School became Mary E. Graham High School. Many young men and women . . . — — Map (db m136235) HM
On Second Street (State Highway 8) near Main Street/Alexandria-Colfax Highway (State Highway 8), on the right when traveling north.
Visitors to this spot were once greeted with a curious sight, a burning well. In 1899 a driller named L. B. Hart completed an artesian well at 1,103 feet. The water was salty, and it bubbled with gas. Hart struck a match near the flow, and promptly . . . — — Map (db m136182) HM
On U.S. 167 near Second Street, on the right when traveling south.
Located in a land of natural beauty, the former Cottonburg became Dry Prong in 1906 when the Dry Prong post office was moved to this location in order to be near the L&A Railroad. Dry Prong was named for its first location: the site of an early . . . — — Map (db m136001) HM
On State Highway 8, 0.2 miles east of Windy Wood Lane, on the right when traveling east.
Fishville has been an area resort since the 1820s. The community began as a summer retreat for residents of Alexandria, escaping the surrounding mosquito-laden river bottoms. One of Fishville's most noted summer residents was nineteenth-century . . . — — Map (db m117961) HM
On U.S. 167 at State Highway 500, on the right when traveling south on U.S. 167.
The Harrisonburg Road was a wagon trail in the 1800s that connected the Natchez Trace to the El Camino Real. This section of the road, along the border of Grant Parish and Winn Parish, is where the West Kimbrell Clan - otherwise known as "The . . . — — Map (db m136141) HM
Area once settled by the Choctaw Nation. Anglo-Americans settled here near the crossroads of the Harrisonburg and Three Notch Roads which connected the region to the Natchez Trace & the El Camino Real. Later, a stop on Jay Gould's Iron Mountain RR. . . . — — Map (db m136267) HM
On Montgomery/Campti Highway (U.S. 71) near Caddo Street, on the right when traveling south.
One of the oldest towns in the
state, it began in 1719 as Bon
Dieu Falls, a French trading
post. In 1840 General Thomas
Woodward bought the land and
named it Creola Bluff. In 1860
it was renamed Montgomery. It
was an important steamboat . . . — — Map (db m136208) HM
On Howard Street (State Highway 8) near Haney Street, on the left when traveling west.
Oction House is the oldest remaining residence in the Town of Pollock. Composed of two separate houses, its rear addition contains the original house, a Louisiana galleried cottage built circa 1861 by Levi B. Parker. Parker built his one-room . . . — — Map (db m118129) HM
On Howard Street (State Highway 8) west of Harvey Street, on the right when traveling east.
The first school in Pollock was established in 1893-1894. The Rev. Frank Brian, a minister and state senator was hired by the students' parents to serve as the first instructor. Located near the business district, the first school building was . . . — — Map (db m135983) HM
On Howard Street (Highway 8) 0.2 miles west of Ridge Street (U.S. 165), on the right when traveling west.
Indians once roamed the land of crystal streams. Then came pioneer farmers and called it Oction. In 1889 Jay Gould, Wall Street tycoon, built the Iron Mountain Railroad through here. In 1892 he built the Big Creek Sawmill, the largest pine sawmill . . . — — Map (db m117813) HM
On Patterson Street (State Highway 366) 0.1 miles east of Ridge Street (U.S. 165), on the right when traveling east.
Native Americans first roamed this area of virgin pines and crystal streams. Then it was named Oction by early pioneer settlers. The Civil War Battle at Oction Hill occurred here in 1864. In 1889, Jay Gould, business tycoon and railroad magnate, . . . — — Map (db m117582) HM
Prospect School had its beginning in the late 1800s, having its
first class at Prospect Baptist Church, which was across the
road from where the first building was built. In the late 1920s
or early 1930s, the first building was destroyed by a . . . — — Map (db m124015) HM
On State Highway 1240 south of State Highway 122, on the left when traveling south.
Verda was named for the daughter of the town's first postmaster, Uriah E. DeWitt. Formerly known as College Hill, Verda's 19th century origins centered on the efforts of area farmers to establish a school for their families. Beginning as a local . . . — — Map (db m136676) HM