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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Rapides Parish, Louisiana

Clickable Map of Rapides 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> Rapides Parish, LA (182) Allen Parish, LA (15) Avoyelles Parish, LA (99) Evangeline Parish, LA (6) Grant Parish, LA (16) LaSalle Parish, LA (2) Natchitoches Parish, LA (97) Vernon Parish, LA (53)  RapidesParish(182) Rapides Parish (182)  AllenParish(15) Allen Parish (15)  AvoyellesParish(99) Avoyelles Parish (99)  EvangelineParish(6) Evangeline Parish (6)  GrantParish(16) Grant Parish (16)  LaSalleParish(2) La Salle Parish (2)  NatchitochesParish(97) Natchitoches Parish (97)  VernonParish(53) Vernon Parish (53)
Alexandria is the parish seat for Rapides Parish
Adjacent to Rapides Parish, Louisiana
      Allen Parish (15)  
      Avoyelles Parish (99)  
      Evangeline Parish (6)  
      Grant Parish (16)  
      La Salle Parish (2)  
      Natchitoches Parish (97)  
      Vernon Parish (53)  
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1 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Alexandria — Alexander Fulton Park
Alexandria City Halls Alexandria's first city hall, built in 1860, was one of the few buildings not burned in 1864 when the town was razed by federal troops during the Civil War's Red River campaign. However, the building's 20-foot wide sidewalk . . . Map (db m116042) HM
2 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Alexandria — Alexandria
Side A Unnamed during the colonial period, Alexandria's beginnings as the major city in central Louisiana are traced to ca. 1797, when the "seat of justice" for Rapides Post was transferred from the north to the south bank of Red River. By . . . Map (db m38290) HM
3 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Alexandria — Alexandria Daily Town Talk / Old Courthouse Square
Alexandria Daily Town Talk The newspaper's first edition appeared on March 17, 1883. It was the inspiration and work of two printers, Edgar Hammond McCormick and Henarie Morrison Hule. McCormick, the senior partner, was a native of St. Louis . . . Map (db m116013) HM
4 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Alexandria — Alexandria Library
This site, located in the town's center square, was set aside for public use on the original town plat commissioned by Alexander Fulton in 1805. The building was constructed solely for advancement of culture and learning in 1907 by Caldwell . . . Map (db m38292) HM
5 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Alexandria — Alexandria's Oldest Hospital
The Alexandria Sanitarium, founded by six area physicians, was opened January 1, 1903 in a former hotel at Second and Lee streets "to provide for a skillful treatment of medical and surgical cases of any nature." In 1905 the first building at Third . . . Map (db m38294) HM
6 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Alexandria — Arna Wendell Bontemps Home
Bontemps, noted black author-poet, scholar and pioneer in children's literature, was born in Alexandria, Louisiana on October 13, 1902. he was baptized February 22, 1903 at St. Francis Xavier Caathedral. Arna, son of Paul Bismark and Marie . . . Map (db m117847) HM
7 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Alexandria — Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce 100th Anniversary
The Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce was founded on March 30, 1914 at the Hotel Bentley by 250 business and professional leaders to foster unity and opportunity for the region.Map (db m116004) HM
8 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Alexandria — Central Louisiana Connection
Plans for the D-Day Invasion in World War II were developed by Generals Dwight Eisenhower, Omar Bradley and George Patton. Preparations for the invasion involved six camps located in central Louisiana. This work resulted in the eventual . . . Map (db m124341) HM
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9 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Alexandria — City Of Alexandria Post Des Rapides
The site for the City of Alexandria was first surveyed by Samuel Levi Wells, II on the land belonging to Alexander Fulton. The city was platted into 81 squares by Frederick Walther for Fulton on February 1, 1805. In 1807, Alexandria was named the . . . Map (db m116681) HM
10 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Alexandria — Commercial BuildingBuilt c. 1915
Has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m38319) HM
11 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Alexandria — Cook Home
Commissioned by William Sherman Cook; built by J. D. Bragg in 1904 1905. Mr. Cook was born in Simcoe Province, Ontario, Canada. He bought this property in 1901, originally a tract of 10 acres bordered by Monroe, Florence, Olive, and Cook Avenue, . . . Map (db m124896) HM
12 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Alexandria — Edwin Epps House
Completed in 1852 and owned by Edwin Epps, a former overseer of Oakland Plantation, the Edwin Epps House is located where LSU Alexandria stands today. This single story Creole cottage was originally built on Bayou Boeuf near Holmesville in Avoyelles . . . Map (db m116044) HM
13 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Alexandria — Emmanuel Baptist Church
The Alexandria and Pineville Baptist Church was organized in Pineville, Louisiana, on September 6, 1881, with twelve charter members. The name of the Church was changed to Emmanuel Baptist Church on March 30, 1892. In 1897, a wooden Sanctuary at . . . Map (db m38320) HM
14 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Alexandria — England AFB Heritage Park
A symbol of all airmen past, present, and future, the England Air Force Base Heritage Park is a proud reminder of the Air Force's role in our nation's military history. Each of the five aircraft displayed here valiantly contributed to the defense of . . . Map (db m10104) HM
15 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Alexandria — England Air Force Base History
England Air Force Base, which officially closed on December 15, 1992, began as the Alexandria Army Air Base on October 16, 1942 and was formally activated on February 12, 1943, was comprised of 2,604 acres and had two runways -- one north-south . . . Map (db m37973) WM
16 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Alexandria — Epps House
Built in 1852 by Edwin Epps. Originally located near Holmesville on Bayou Boeuf about three miles away. From 1843 to 1853, Epps, a small planter, owned Solomon Northrup, author of famous slave narrative Twelve Years A Slave.Map (db m87280) HM
17 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Alexandria — Epps HouseSolomon Northup's Gateway To Freedom
Constructed in 1852 for the Edwin Epps' family, this single story Creole cottage was originally located on Bayou Boeuf near Holmesville in Avoyelles Parish. Relocated to Bunkie, LA in 1976, the house was moved to the LSUA campus in 1999 and . . . Map (db m116037) HM
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18 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Alexandria — Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II
The 23d Tactical Fighter Wing accepted its first A-10 Thunderbolt II in December 1980. Nicknamed The Warthog by its pilots, the A-10 was designed to provide close air support for ground forces. One of the most advanced features of the A-10 was its . . . Map (db m10110) HM
19 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Alexandria — Headquarters 1st Calvary Division, Army of West La., May 8, 1864
"Headquarters 1st Calvary Division, Army of West La., May 8, 1864 General Order No. - The Brig. Gen. commanding takes occasion to call the attention of their comrades to the gallantry displayed by the officers and men of Terrell's and . . . Map (db m118259) HM
20 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Alexandria — Huie Dellmon House
The Myrtle Groves Huie Dellmon House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Park Service in recognition of Mrs. Dellmon's significant contributions to her community in the field of communications as President of McCormick . . . Map (db m174162) HM
21 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Alexandria — Kent Plantation House
Kent House, the oldest known standing structure in Rapides Parish, was built by Pierre Baillio, completed in 1800. Baillio constructed the house on land received through a Spanish land grant circa 1794.Map (db m38288) HM
22 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Alexandria — Lee Street Riot of 1942
Lee Street in Alexandria was the center of a thriving African-American community during the early 1940s, including two churches, eight eating establishments, three funeral homes, five grocery stores, eight entertainment venues, a pharmacy, a bus . . . Map (db m174165) HM
23 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Alexandria — Little Walter
Walter Jacobs, "Little Walter", lived at this site. The Blues legend was born in Marksville, and learned to play harmonica while living in Alexandria. He played often with Muddy Waters and Jimmy Rogers in the 1950's, and heavily influenced Rock . . . Map (db m117997) HM
24 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Alexandria — Louisiana Baptist Convention
Organized December 2, 1848, Rehoboth Baptist Church, Mount Lebanon, by 13 men, including first president James Scarborough. "The objects…shall be Missionary and Educational; to promote harmony and feeling and concert of action…such measures as . . . Map (db m124342) HM
25 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Alexandria — Louisiana Maneuvers
In 1940 Lt. Gen. Stanley D. Embrick of the U.S. Army Fourth Corps Area, Atlanta, Ga., selected central Louisiana as site of training maneuvers to prepare American forces for possible involvement in war in Europe. Louisiana's 1941 maneuvers were the . . . Map (db m38321) HM
26 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Alexandria — LTV Aerospace Vought A-7D Corsair II
When the 23d Tactical Fighter Wing came to England AFB in 1972, the Flying Tigers flew the A-7D Corsair II attack aircraft. For seven months in 1973, A-7 aircraft from the 74th Tactical Fighter Squadron of the 23 TFW deployed to Thailand to support . . . Map (db m10111) HM
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27 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Alexandria — Melady HouseCirca 1870, circa 1905
Built by Thomas and Sabina Melady. Original one story house enlarged and remodeled c. 1905 in the Colonial Revival style. Home and about 2,000 acres of land purchased by heir Sabina Garvey Kelley and Grady L. Kelley July 1934. Property then . . . Map (db m124848) HM
28 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Alexandria — North American F-86 Sabre
The Flying Tigers flew the F-86, one of the first swept-wing jet fighters, in the early 1950s. Known as the 23rd Fighter Interceptor Group, the unit provided air defense for the Northeastern United States while stationed at Presque Isle AFB, Maine. . . . Map (db m10112) HM
29 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Alexandria — Oakland Hall
In late February 1961, the LSU Board of Supervisors chose a name for the first new permanent building to be constructed on the campus, selecting Oakland Hall in honor of Oakland Plantation, the land on which the campus was located.Construction . . . Map (db m116005) HM
30 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Alexandria — Oakland Plantation
In the early 1800's Josiah Chambers purchased 6,000 acres. His son, Josiah Chambers, Jr., upgraded the property, built a race track and developed transportation links via roads, bayou navigation and railroad, eventually expanding to almost 10,000 . . . Map (db m117593) HM
31 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Alexandria — Old Rapides Bank Building
This structure was built on property that once belonged to Alexander Fulton. He had acquired it at the end of the 18th century from Marguerite Cecile Christophe Varrangue. Various persons occupied this site until it was acquired by Rapides Bank in . . . Map (db m38324) HM
32 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Alexandria — Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback
Governor P. B. S. Pinchback (1837-1921) was the son of a white planter and a former slave. He was born in Georgia and reared in Mississippi. During the Civil War and after the fall of New Orleans, Pinchback recruited the first set of Black . . . Map (db m174746) HM
33 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Alexandria — Post-Civil War Alexandria
Side A After having been ravaged by fire during the Civil War, Alexandria was rebuilt and, with the building of railroads after Reconstruction, regained its place as the commercial, financial, medical and transportation center of central . . . Map (db m38287) HM
34 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Alexandria — Rapides Parish Governors
Four 19th century Rapides Parish residents served Louisiana as governor. Joseph Marshall Walker (1784-1856), a Bayou Rapides cotton planter, was governor 1850-53 -- the first to be installed in the newly-designated Baton Rouge capital. During his . . . Map (db m38325) HM
35 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Alexandria — Red River
Side A Twenty-seven miles southeast of Tucumcari, New Mexico, Red River originates in the watershed of the Frio Draw on the Llano Estacado at an elevation of about 5000 feet. Flowing eastward through Palo Duro Canyon, it subsequently forms . . . Map (db m38326) HM
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36 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Alexandria — Reflection of a Youth / We Must Not ForgetAlexandria Holocaust Memorial
Reflection of a Youth
"In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart." -The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Through this diary she became the voice of one and a half . . . Map (db m125144) HM
37 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Alexandria — Republic F-105 Thunderchief
From 1964 to 1972 the Flying Tigers flew the F-105 tactical fighter bomber at McConnell AFB, Kansas, where the Tigers functioned as both an operational unit and a training unit. Two of its squadrons served in Vietnam. While at McConnell, the Flying . . . Map (db m10109) HM
38 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Alexandria — Republic F-84F Thunderstreak
Relocated from Bringhurst Park and unveiled on 25 April 1992 during a 391st FBS homecoming, it has that squadron's markings, its operations officer as pilot, its weapons NCOIC as crew chief. This airplane is dedicated to all the ‘cold . . . Map (db m10107) HM
39 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Alexandria — St. Francis Xavier Cathedral Complex
When Poste du Rapides was established in Pineville the Catholic mission of St. Louis des Apalachees was founded. Mass was said in private homes in the new town of Alexandria. A chapel built in 1817 was the first church of any denomination in this . . . Map (db m38327) HM
40 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Alexandria — St. James Episcopal Church
The first congregation was organized in 1844 by the Rt. Rev. Leonidas Polk, first Episcopal Bishop of Louisiana. The first cornerstone at Second and St. James Streets was laid in 1851. The Rev. Amos Dunham McCoy was first rector. Federal Troops . . . Map (db m117848) HM
41 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Alexandria — The Guaranty Eagles
Carved of Indiana limestone, originally a part of the Guaranty Bank Building constructed in 1921. Salvaged in 1965 during a major building remodeling, and returned to Guaranty in 1981.Map (db m38328) HM
42 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Alexandria — The Hotel Bentley
The hotel was built in 1907-1908 by Joseph A. Bentley, prominent lumberman and businessman. Bentley came to Central Louisiana from Pennsylvania to engage in the sawmill business and the cutting of the virgin pine forest which was the first serious . . . Map (db m38323) HM
43 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Alexandria — The James Wade Bolton House
When Alexandria was first surveyed as a town in 1805, this site was one-half block south of the public square. In 1899, James Wade Bolton, one of the prominent Alexandria banking family, acquired this property. The house is exemplary of the Queen . . . Map (db m116002) HM
44 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Alexandria — The Jewish TempleCongregation Gemiluth Chassodim
Gemiluth Chassodim Synagogue was admitted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 29, 2014 as a notable example of the post-war architectural style known as Mid-Century Modern. It was designed by a member of the Congregation, . . . Map (db m124030) HM
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45 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Alexandria — The Rotary Club of Alexandria, Louisiana
The Rotary Club of Alexandria, Louisiana Was chartered December 1, 1916. It is the fourth oldest club in Louisiana and the 259th in the Rotary world. As of 2007, there were over 32,000 clubs in 200 countries with more than 1,200,000 members. . . . Map (db m116059) HM
46 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Alexandria — The Trials of Nazis at Nuremberg, Germany, 1945-49Subsequent Nuremberg Trails and Judge Paul M. Hebert
After World War II Nazi leaders and military officers faced punishment by an International Military Tribunal of four judges representing the United States. Britain, France, and the Soviet Union. All defendants were charged with at least one of . . . Map (db m214662) HM
47 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Alexandria — Thomas Courtland Manning1825-1887
Side No. 1 On this site in 1906, the City Library known as the Manning Memorial Library was opened, named in honor of a 19th century resident who served his State and his Nation. Hundreds of his personal volumes were donated to this library, . . . Map (db m38291) HM
48 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Castor Plunge — Camp Packard - Company 1446
On June 28, 1933, Company 1446 of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) occupied Camp Packard (F-3) one mile south of this location near Castor Plunge. Camp Packard was the center of operations for tree planting, fire-fighting, road and bridge . . . Map (db m136382) HM
49 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Cheneyville — Trinity Episcopal Church
Gothic Revival church built of handmade brick in 1860 and designed with separate gallery for slaves. Consecrated by Bishop Leonidas Polk in 1861. Original congregation included several prominent planters of the surrounding area.Map (db m87238) HM
50 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Elmer — Moon TreePlanted in April 1976
This "Moon Tree” is a Loblolly Pine grown from a seed that, in January 1971 was carried to the Moon and brought back to Earth by Major Stuart Roosa, command module pilot for Apollo XIV and a former U.S. Forest Service smoke . . . Map (db m135981) HM
51 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Forest Hill — African -American Soldiers at Camp Claiborne
Over 1.2 million African-American soldiers proudly served their country during World War II. Although, the military did not officially desegregate the Armed Forces until after World War II, African-American soldiers made many important . . . Map (db m225168) HM
52 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Forest Hill — Camp Claiborne
(Activated Oct. 1940 - Deactivated Dec. 1945) Camp Claiborne was named for William C. C. Claiborne, first governor of the state of Louisiana. The camp was part of the 8th Service Command. It was also home for the US Army's 34th Infantry . . . Map (db m125136) HM
53 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Forest Hill — Camp ClaiborneBirthplace of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions
At this site on May 7 1942 Sergeant Alvin C York the most decorated Soldier of WWI addressed the 82nd Infantry Division under the command of General Omar Bradley. The division would later become the 82nd Airborne Division and furnish personnel to . . . Map (db m125176) HM
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54 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Forest Hill — Camp ClaiborneBirthplace of the 761st Tank Battalion
The 761st, a mostly black tank battalion, was activated at Camp Claiborne, LA on April 1, 1942. While at Camp Claiborne, the 761st trained on M5 Stuart light tanks. After reassignment to Fort Hood, TX for final training, the 761st was assigned to . . . Map (db m224353) HM
55 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Forest Hill — Camp Claiborne, LABirthplace of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions
Here at Camp Claiborne the 82nd Infantry Division, "All American" of WWI fame was reactivated on March 25, 1942, under the command of Major General Omar Bradley. On June 26, 1942, Major General Bradley was reassigned to Camp Livingston, Louisiana, . . . Map (db m124040) HM
56 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Forest Hill — Central Louisiana's Role in World War IIKisatchie National Forest: Drafted for Military Service
Central Louisiana played a vital role in preparing our Nation's military for World War II starting with the Louisiana Maneuvers in 1940. The Louisiana Maneuvers occurred from 1940 to 1943 and were the largest peacetime exercises in American . . . Map (db m225156) HM
57 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Forest Hill — Training At Camp Claiborne / Life At Camp Claiborne
34th Infantry Division The 34th Infantry Division, consisting of National Guard personnel from North and South Dakota, Minnesota, and lowa, was the first Division to train at Camp Claiborne. Known as the "Red Bulls," the . . . Map (db m225157) HM
58 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Glenmora — Glenmora Cemetery
Glenmora Cemetery ("Old Cemetery") is located in Glenmora, Rapides Parish, Louisiana. It is owned and maintained by Glenmora Cemetery Association, Inc., chartered in February 1950. Land was donated to the cemetery in August 1950 by Mrs. . . . Map (db m124021) HM
59 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Lecompte — Dr. Whitehead's Medical Office
Dr. Charles Poston Whitehead was born on January 1, 1848 in Winchester County, Kentucky. He graduated from medical school at the University of New York in 1870 and interned at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. He settled in Lake Providence . . . Map (db m227411) HM
60 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Lecompte — Lecompte High SchoolNational Register of Historic Places 1992
Built in 1924, the Lecompte High School is a significant historic landmark of Bayou Boeuf. It's Neo-Classical style was designed by architect Scott Yeager, Jr., built by general contractor W. J. Quick. Lecompte High served the educational needs of . . . Map (db m124011) HM
61 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Lecompte — Meeker Sugar Refinery Gears
These solid iron gears were moved here from the old sugar refinery at Meeker, LA during the mid-1980s. The old sugar mill was built in 1912 and closed in 1981. It was a cooperative enterprise with various local farmers as its shared owners. For . . . Map (db m227362) HM
62 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Lecompte — Potter's Grocery
This little one room store belonged to Mr. Isaac "Ike" Potter, a life-long resident of Lecompte. He was born in July 1895 and died in October 1972. He opened the store in the early 1950s after he retired as a mechanic from Roby Motor Company in . . . Map (db m227522) HM
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63 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Lecompte — Smith's Landing
A trading post developed at this site on Bayou Boeuf in the early nineteenth century was known as White's Landing. The landing was well used, but the bayou was an unreliable means of transportation for planters to get their crops to market due to . . . Map (db m116035) HM
64 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Lecompte — The Name Lecompte
In 1854 the residents of Smith's Landing, a small trading post on historic Bayou Boeuf renamed their settlement LECOMTE for a famous horse. LECOMTE was owned by Thomas Jefferson and Montfort Wells, area plantation owners. LECOMTE won his first race . . . Map (db m87236) HM
65 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Lecompte — Town of Lecompte
Lecompte began as a trading post on land claimed by Pascogoula Biloxi Indian Tribes living along Bayou Boeuf. Two area men, Fulton and Miller, traded extensively with the Indians who became indebted to them. To pay the debt the tribes agreed to . . . Map (db m116034) HM
66 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Libuse — Libuse Czech Colony
In 1908, the Bohemian Colonization Club was begun by J. Rosicky, publisher & editor of the Hospodář, to establish family centered Czech colonies. In 1912, Wesly Wosterchil, Frank Zumpfe, and J. Sobotka located 21,000 acres of cut-over . . . Map (db m110957) HM
67 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Long Leaf — "Jitney"
The "Jitneys" replaced mules and manpower in moving lumber buggies around the mill yard.The 2 jitneys were built in the machine shop at Long Leaf from Chevrolet engines and scrap metal under the supervision of Dick Stokeld, foreman from 1948 to . . . Map (db m134439) HM
68 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Long Leaf — "Loggers Dream"
This shop-built yarding outfit on a Ford F6 truck was a very adaptable logging aid. It traveled at truck speeds on the highways and was quick and easy to set up and take down. It could pull logs from any direction up to 500 feet. It was used for . . . Map (db m134459) HM
69 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Long Leaf — Across The TracksThe Barber Shop, Post Office, Hotel and Doctor's Office
This Building is the Second Long Leaf post office It was built in the 1918-20 expansion, and was located across the railroad tracks from this spot. Also on the other side of the tracks were located a hotel, barber shop, and the doctor's office. . . . Map (db m134352) HM
70 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Long Leaf — Clyde Double Drum-Cable Outhaul Log Skidder
The machine In front of you is the last remaining example of what was known as a "Clyde Skidder". Developed by the Clyde Iron Works of Duluth MN, shortly after 1902 and modified several times thereafter. In its initial version, it consisted of a . . . Map (db m134959) HM
71 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Long Leaf — Clyde Log Skidder1919 — Clyde Iron Works Duluth, Minnesota —
Wood burning, steam powered, 4 line, re-haul skidder on wheels. A wire rope was run from its metal booms to the woods where logs were hooked and hauled into piles near the tracks. This is the only double-end skidder known to exist!Map (db m134361) HM
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72 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Long Leaf — Crowell and Spencer Engine #400
Built by Baldwin Locomotive Works, Philadelphia, PA, Construction #51175, January, 1919 Baldwin Class 10-32-D #1167, type 4-6-0. Delivered at Long Leaf, February, 1919, placed in service, August, 1919. Last used February, 1953.Engine #400 was the . . . Map (db m134463) HM
73 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Long Leaf — Dry Kilns, Old & NewInformational Trail Sign
The DRY KILNS were necessary to transform the lumber from its green (or wet) condition into a low-moisture-content product for sales and economical transport. The kilns enabled the management of controlled conditions of heat and stream to remove . . . Map (db m134536) HM
74 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Long Leaf — Locomotive #4001919
Baldwin 4-6-0 Standard-gauge steam engine.#400 hauled log cars to the Long Leaf sawmill. Its last run was December 9, 1952.4-6-0 means: 4 Wheels (2 pair) in front, 6 driving wheels, and 0 wheels under the cab.Map (db m134359) HM
75 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Long Leaf — Locomotive Graveyard
In this area, along a track buried in brush in front of you, Crowell Long Leaf Lumber scrapped at least 5 steam engines in 1954-55. The 5 engines known scrapped here were Crowell and Spencer Shays #1 and #2, Alexandria Lumber Co. 2-6-0, #3, Crowell . . . Map (db m134466) HM
76 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Long Leaf — Long Leaf DepotThis Location is the site of the Long Leaf Depot
The depot was built on this site about 1906 as a joint agency of the St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern RR and the Red River and Gulf RR. Both shared expenses equally, and the RR&G provided housing for the agent in the house on your left as you . . . Map (db m134349) HM
77 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Long Leaf — Long Leaf Planer MillCa. 1898 to 1969 (and today)
The Planer mill building is the oldest surviving building at Long Leaf. While this building may have been constructed as early as 1895, it most probably dates from 1898, when Crowell and Spencer changed from partnership, to a corporation, Crowell & . . . Map (db m134437) HM
78 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Long Leaf — Long Leaf Sawmill1957 to 1969 (and present)
Long Leaf was rebuilt for the fifth and final time in 1957. At that time the mill was converted to electricity, the logging was taken over by trucks, and the log pond was filled and closed. At the same time, a new dry kiln replaced the 1936 kiln, . . . Map (db m134576) HM
79 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Long Leaf — Long Leaf SawmillThe Log Pond and the log washer, 1895 to 1969
This is the log pnd area. The log pond was in service from 1895, (when the logging railroad was built) until 1954, when the mill was closed for the first time. After the 1957 rebuilding and the conversion of logging to trucks, there was no need for . . . Map (db m134615) HM
80 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Long Leaf — Long Leaf Sawmill1900 to 1957
This sawmill is the third sawmill built at Long Leaf. It replaced the initial steam powered sawmill at this location, which was built between 1893 and 1895 and burned on October 1, 1900. That mill was the second located here, replacing the earliest . . . Map (db m134664) HM
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81 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Long Leaf — Lumber Carts
Before the 1950's the planer mill, sawmill and warehouses were connected by a series of wooden tramways. These lumber carts were used to transport rough and unfinished lumber and molding between the buildings. Some of the carts were pushed by hand, . . . Map (db m134375) HM
82 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Long Leaf — Lumber Transfer1956 — Moore Dry Kiln Company, Jacksonville, Florida —
The stacker machine filled low, wheeled carts with green lumber. The loaded carts rolled on rails onto the "transfer" which moved them over to the rails entering the Dry Kiln. The overhead wires carried electricity for the transfer's motors.Map (db m134356) HM
83 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Long Leaf — Old Planer Mill Machinery
Before the 1956 remodel, this equipment was used in the planer mill. It is a variety of equipment from planers to molding machines that were replaced by newer, more efficient machines in 1956. A couple of the original molding machines, similar to . . . Map (db m134377) HM
84 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Long Leaf — Red River and Gulf RR Locomotive #106
Red River and Gulf #106 was built by the Baldwin Locomotive works in September, 1923. It is a 4-6-0 type locomotive and is very similar to Crowell #400. Its builders number was 57203 and it cost $29,520. #106 was the last new locomotive built for . . . Map (db m134618) HM
85 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Long Leaf — Straddle Truck1957 — Hyster Model MD5760 —
Hyster Model MD5760 (used Butane fuel)The Straddle Truck was used to move lumber around the mill site.It drove over a stack of lumber, 'straddling' it, and clamped under to lift it.Map (db m134440) HM
86 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Long Leaf — The "Roundhouse", The Machine Shop and the "Car Knockers Shed"
These buildings were at the heart of the Red River & Gulf RR, and the Crowell's lumbering operations. The engine house, which was known as the "roundhouse" despite its shape, was where the locomotives were kept arid basic servicing between runs was . . . Map (db m134468) HM
87 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Long Leaf — The Commissary
The commissary was the social heart of any lumber or logging town. It handled all the necessities of life and also served as a meeting place for the various families, and off duty workers. The Third Commissary, 1948 This is the third commissary . . . Map (db m134448) HM
88 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Long Leaf — The McGiffert Log Loader
The McGiffert Log Loader was a rail hauled, log loading machine invented in 1901 by John R. McGiffert. Several hundred of these machines were built for use in North America, alone. Today, only 5 or 6 exist in the US, and one in Canada. These . . . Map (db m134535) HM
89 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Pineville — 1000 Block Main Street
Dodd's Rooming House, 1927, once stood on the site of Charles McTire's Beauty School. J.B. Kelly, Dentist, and C.B. Durham, MD, had offices upstairs in the rooming house. During the 50's C.E. Pickett operated a grocery downstairs. Later businesses . . . Map (db m115602) HM
90 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Pineville — 1100 Block Main Street
1926: R.K. Garrett moved to Pineville and founded Garrett Brothers Paint Company. 1938: Russell's Lumber Yard opened its doors. 1943: Builders Lumber and Supply moved onto the Russell site. Co-owners were Bob Till, Simon Tudor and J.E. Ratcliff. . . . Map (db m115601) HM
91 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Pineville — 1101 Main Street
1101 Main Street: The cafe and rooming house of Oliver Schwartzenburg was replaced in the 1930's by the Pineville Coffee Company, Robert Durham, owner. In the late 50's Charles Puckett opened a Mobile service station on the site which became . . . Map (db m110935) HM
92 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Pineville — 200 Block of Main Street
The 200 block of Main Street was the location of both the second Pineville post office in 1885 housed in David's Store, and the 1927 City Hall, located where Hank's Pawn Shop now stands, 1917: Frank Smith opened Pineville Marble and Granite Works . . . Map (db m116160) HM
93 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Pineville — 300 Block Main Street
1913: E. Blum opened a nursery on land leased from the Jewish Cemetery. Later, O.M. Barnage and James Haley operated nurseries there until the cemetery expanded. 1858: Charles Schraeder, Theodore Schaedel and Christian Baden built the Episcopal . . . Map (db m120638) HM
94 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Pineville — 600 Block Main Street East
The Second story of the Masonic Lodge building has been the meeting place of Solomon Lodge 221 and the Order of the Eastern Star since the early days of Pineville. The first floor has housed such businesses as Piggly Wiggly No. 2, 1927, and A.A. . . . Map (db m120581) HM
95 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Pineville — 600 Block Main Street West
The oldest business building in Pineville is located just behind the 600 Block at 105 Hayden, now Gabor Painting. The building was originally at 101 Main Street as Davie's Warehouse. Later it housed a broom factory. It was moved to its present . . . Map (db m120583) HM
96 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Pineville — 700 Block Main Street
Much business was done in the 700 block and many prominent businessmen who worked here represented their fellows in government. Dr. George S. Long, former dentist and brother to governors Huey and Earl Long, served as a United States Congressman. . . . Map (db m116337) HM
97 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Pineville — 800 Block Main Street
Owl Drugs, Sherwin Williams Paints, Buddy's Bakery, Dance Studio, Co-op Offices and E.B. Rogers' Grocery Market have all occupied the commercial buildings on the eastern corner of the street. 822 Main Street was the residence of J.E. Kenny, earlier . . . Map (db m115600) HM
98 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Pineville — 835 Main Street
1927: I.B. Lacroix opened a gas station on the east corner of the block. It was later moved across the street where it remained under the ownership of his son, I.B. Lacroix, Jr. Bucky Pease's Garage replaced the Gremillion home adjacent to the . . . Map (db m111561) HM
99 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Pineville — 88th Engineer Heavy Ponton BattalionGive Way
Activated June 1941 Camp Beauregard, Louisiana Deactivated November 1945 Camp Bowie Texas Participated in training maneuvers Sep 1941 Louisiana, Oct 1941 Carolina, Jul 1942 Louisiana, Jun 1943 Desert Arizona. Active Service in the European . . . Map (db m225053) HM WM
100 Louisiana, Rapides Parish, Pineville — 900 Block of Main Street
1919: The First Baptist Church of Pineville was built at 901 Main. The church has now expanded to include all of the west side of the block. During the 50's and 60's Gertrude Leatherman's Tiny Tot College Kindergarten was the educational hub for . . . Map (db m111072) HM

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