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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Opelousas, Louisiana

 
Clickable Map of St. Landry Parish, Louisiana and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg St. Landry Parish, LA (61) Acadia Parish, LA (14) Avoyelles Parish, LA (94) Evangeline Parish, LA (6) Lafayette Parish, LA (40) Pointe Coupee Parish, LA (19) St. Martin Parish, LA (42)  St.LandryParish(61) St. Landry Parish (61)  AcadiaParish(14) Acadia Parish (14)  AvoyellesParish(94) Avoyelles Parish (94)  EvangelineParish(6) Evangeline Parish (6)  LafayetteParish(40) Lafayette Parish (40)  PointeCoupeeParish(19) Pointe Coupee Parish (19)  St.MartinParish(42) St. Martin Parish (42)
Location of Opelousas, Louisiana
    St. Landry Parish (61)
    Acadia Parish (14)
    Avoyelles Parish (94)
    Evangeline Parish (6)
    Lafayette Parish (40)
    Pointe Coupee Parish (19)
    St. Martin Parish (42)
 
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1Louisiana (St. Landry Parish), Opelousas — 19th Century Outhouse, c.1890
Originally located in the community of Prairie Rhonde, next to the Emar Andrepont home, this 19th century cabinette was donated by the family of Dewey Ledoux and moved to the village in 1992. While outhouses typically featured two seats, one . . . — Map (db m127819) HM
2Louisiana (St. Landry Parish), Opelousas — Battle of Opelousas
Here, on October 21, 1863, during the Great Texas Overland Expedition, Union troops under Maj. Gen. Nathaniel Banks, forced Confederates, under Maj. Gen. Richard Taylor, to evacuate Opelousas and move his defensive line 7 miles north. 12 days later, . . . — Map (db m85920) HM
3Louisiana (St. Landry Parish), Opelousas — Black Academy At Mt. Olive Baptist Church — (1897-1918)
In 1897, when there were few local schools for Blacks, the 7th District Baptist School was founded and housed in the original church building on this site. It was 1 of 2 private schools for area Blacks. — Map (db m98730) HM
4Louisiana (St. Landry Parish), Opelousas — Bloch Corner — Northwest Corner of Bellevue and Main Streets
Named for Joseph Bloch (c. 1833-1900), who emigrated from France and operated a successful mercantile store on this corner from the late 1850s until the later part of that century. The building that housed the store was known as the Miramond . . . — Map (db m147018) HM
5Louisiana (St. Landry Parish), Opelousas — Budd's Corner — Northwest Corner of Belevue and Courts Streets
Named for J. Adam Budd who owned a building on this corner for many years, where he operated a saloon. Another business also located in the Budd Bulding in the early 1900s was an Elk Restaurant owned by chef Charles A. "Didee" Lastrapes, who later . . . — Map (db m146840) HM
6Louisiana (St. Landry Parish), Opelousas — City Hall — 1945
One of the earliest buildings to occupy this corner was built by Mrs. Ann Meremon as a memorial to her late husband, Jean Meremon. Bataille Dry Goods operated on this site in 1847. Later, Joseph Bloch owned the store from 1860 through the 1890s. . . . — Map (db m147244) HM
7Louisiana (St. Landry Parish), Opelousas — Delta Theater — 1920
Construction began in November 1919 and was completed the following year, opening as the home to Christman & Riseman Hardware and Furniture Store. The building was later leased to Collins Conrad of Breaux Bridge, who renovated it and opened The . . . — Map (db m145719) HM
8Louisiana (St. Landry Parish), Opelousas — Doctor's Office — circa 1908
This turn of the century doctor's office, built by Dr. Ertemon Lafleur, was originally located one mile west of the junction of Louisiana highways 103 and 104 in the community of Prairie Ronde. The office is a reminder of how medical practice has . . . — Map (db m107590) HM
9Louisiana (St. Landry Parish), Opelousas — Emar Andrepont Store — circa 1880
Built in the 1880s by Emar Andrepont, this building is typical of an old "general" country store. Originally built in the rural St. Landry Parish community of Prairie Ronde, the store operated for nearly 100 years. It was first owned by Emar, and . . . — Map (db m107923) HM
10Louisiana (St. Landry Parish), Opelousas — Humble Cottage Lodge No. 19 — Loge L'Humble Chaumiere
Free and Accepted Masons Chartered August 19, 1820 The oldest Masonic Lodge in the United States west of the Mississippi River — Map (db m85362) HM
11Louisiana (St. Landry Parish), Opelousas — J.S. Clark High School
The J.S. Clark walkway is a tribute to J.S. Clark High School, its faculty, staff, students and the people of Opelousas, Louisiana.J.S. Clark High School was an endemic institution located at 1100 E. Leo Street in Opelousas, Louisiana. The school . . . — Map (db m108010) HM
12Louisiana (St. Landry Parish), Opelousas — Jarrell Home — circa 1898
The expansion of the Teche Federal Bank on Landry Street in Opelousas led to the relocation of the Jarrell Home to Le Vieux VillageThe history of the house dates back to 1898 when it was the property of Dr. Vincent Boagni, a noted Opelousas . . . — Map (db m107988) HM
13Louisiana (St. Landry Parish), Opelousas — Jim Bowie Oak
This giant live oak tree is over 350 years old and is named in honor of legendary adventurer and hero of the Battle of the Alamo, Colonel James "Jim” Bowie, who lived in Opelousas for part of his life. The Jim Bowie Oak is a charter . . . — Map (db m145660) HM
14Louisiana (St. Landry Parish), Opelousas — La Chapelle House — circa 1840
The La Chapelle house stood at the corner of Union and Grolee streets in Opelousas for more that a century. Clerk of Court records indicate the home was built by Herbert La Chapelle, a French Canadian who moved to Opelousas where he purchased land . . . — Map (db m107726) HM
15Louisiana (St. Landry Parish), Opelousas — Lawyers Row
These offices of prominent Opelousas attorneys have been used for over 100 years and the owners have preserved the original atmosphere of the past. — Map (db m145717) HM
16Louisiana (St. Landry Parish), Opelousas — Le Vieux Village — Established 1988
French for "the old village," Le Vieux Village is a park created by a collection of restored historic structures from Opelousas and surrounding areas of St. Landry Parish. The village depicts the unique and diverse historical and cultural heritage . . . — Map (db m107525) HM
17Louisiana (St. Landry Parish), Opelousas — Let Freedom Ring
This Monument is dedicated to the men and women of St. Landry Parish who honorably served our country and to those who paid the Supreme Sacrifice for Freedom World War II Korean War Vietnam War Erected by the Opelousas Elks Lodge #1048 B.P.O.E . . . — Map (db m147589) WM
18Louisiana (St. Landry Parish), Opelousas — Louisiana Memorial Methodist Church
The first Methodist Church in Louisiana began here in 1805 and is called "The Cradle of Louisiana Methodism." The first conference of Louisiana Methodists convened here in 1847. — Map (db m114178) HM
19Louisiana (St. Landry Parish), Opelousas — Louisiana Memorial United Methodist Church — The Cradle of Louisiana Methodism
In 1805, Elisha W. Bowman was sent as a Missionary to Louisiana by Bishops Whatcoat and Asbury, reaching Appelousas territory in late 1805. He organized a Methodist Society in Opelousas early in 1806, which was as near as can be . . . — Map (db m114154) HM
20Louisiana (St. Landry Parish), Opelousas — Louisiana Orphan Train Museum — Established October 10, 2009
In 2009, a former century old Union Pacific freight depot was restored to become the Louisiana Orphan Train Museum.Opelousas was one of the many railway destinations for thousands of homeless children rescued from the streets of New York City from . . . — Map (db m107838) HM
21Louisiana (St. Landry Parish), Opelousas — Lt. Fr. Joseph "Verbis" Lafleur — Diocese of Lafayette, Louisiana — Priest—WWII Chaplain • U.S. Army Air Corps • P.O.W.-M.I.A. —
(panel 1) Lt. Fr. Joseph "Verbis" Lafleur was born to Valentine and Agatha Dupre Lafleur on January 24, 1912 in Ville Platte, LA and later moved to Opelousas, LA in 1926. From St. Landry Catholic Church, he was accepted by the Diocese . . . — Map (db m86781) HM WM
22Louisiana (St. Landry Parish), Opelousas — Manon's Corner — Northeast Corner of Court and Landry Streets
Named for Manon Baldwin, a Free Woman of Color and one of the first known businesswomen in Opelousas. The businesses she owned included a tavern and boarding house that were operated on this corner until her death in 1858. — Map (db m145918) HM
23Louisiana (St. Landry Parish), Opelousas — Mary Jane Steam Engine Train — circa 1904
Built by Davenport, Iowa Ironworks Company, the Mary Jane Steam Engine was a wood-burner and, at its best speed, traveled 25 miles per hour. Records indicate the train was used for at least 50 years before it was retired. In 1959, civic organizers . . . — Map (db m107491) HM
24Louisiana (St. Landry Parish), Opelousas — Myrtle Grove Cemetery — circa 1837
Myrtle Grove Cemetery was once known as the "Protestant Cemetery." In April 1837, the City of Opelousas named a two man-committee to locate four arpents (an old French unit of land measurement) of property for a public burial ground. A sexton . . . — Map (db m145718) HM
25Louisiana (St. Landry Parish), Opelousas — Old Federal Building — 1891
This three story Romanesque Revival building has been an Opelousas landmark for over a century. Begun in 1890 and completed the following year, at the time it was one of the largest federal buildings in the state. In 1933, the Federal Court . . . — Map (db m146177) HM
26Louisiana (St. Landry Parish), Opelousas — Old Lacombe Hotel Site — c. 1790-1926
Operating under several different names, a hotel once occupied this spot; an inn and tavern is recorded being here in the late 1700s. Most notably was the Eagle Hotel where the legislature convened during the Civil War when Opelousas served as the . . . — Map (db m145949) HM
27Louisiana (St. Landry Parish), Opelousas — Old Union Bank Building — 1911
Organized on April 26, 1910, the Union Bank & Trust Company purchased this site from J.B. Sandoz for $7,000 and built the current structure. Prior to this, the property had been home to a restaurant, barber shop, saloon and warehouse, but the . . . — Map (db m147014) HM
28Louisiana (St. Landry Parish), Opelousas — Opelousas — Capital of Confederate Louisiana — May 1, 1862 - January 23, 1863 —
After the Union occupation of New Orleans and surrounding territory in the spring of 1862 the state offices were moved to Opelousas. From here Governor Thomas Moore issued an address to the people urging them to continue the struggle, and the state . . . — Map (db m85895) HM
29Louisiana (St. Landry Parish), Opelousas — Opelousas
English: Poste des Opelousas founded by French traders middle of 18th century. Headquarters district of Opelousas under Spanish 1769. Parish seat of "Old Imperial St. Landry" 1808. State Capital 1862-1863. French: Poste des . . . — Map (db m85896) HM
30Louisiana (St. Landry Parish), Opelousas — Opelousas Catholic School
St. Mary's Academy, founded by Fr. Raymond for boys, 1855, combined with Academy of the Immaculate Conception for girls opened by the Marianite Sisters of the Holy Cross in 1856. St. Joseph's School, 1874, renamed Holy Ghost, was founded by the . . . — Map (db m85217) HM
31Louisiana (St. Landry Parish), Opelousas — Opelousas Colored School — (1919-1953)
Site of first public school for People of Color in Opelousas. Also known as St. Landry Parish Training School. School constructed on property donated by the City of Opelousas in 1918. — Map (db m85216) HM
32Louisiana (St. Landry Parish), Opelousas — Opelousas Firsts and Famous/ Hall of Fame
Opelousas First and Famous Birthplace Of Zydeco Music Birthplace Of Swamp Pop Music First Protestant (Methodist) Church In Louisiana & Oldest Methodist Church West Of The Mississippi - 1806 First Masonic Temple West Of The Mississippi- . . . — Map (db m134002) HM
33Louisiana (St. Landry Parish), Opelousas — Pitre's Corner — Southeast Corner of Bellevue and Court Streets
Charles Pitre owned a building on this corner for many years. The Pitre building housed several businesses, including Eddy's Pool Hall. and Saloon and the Eddy Hotel. In 1904, the building was destroyed by fire. In 1911, Union Bank and Trust . . . — Map (db m146178) HM
34Louisiana (St. Landry Parish), Opelousas — Rosa B. Scott (Anderson)
On June 20, 1994, an assault occurred at Fairchild Air Force Base by a gunman during which 4 personnel were killed and 23 wounded. Rosa B., a civilian nurse at the base hospital, risked her life as a first responder to prevent further loss of life. . . . — Map (db m108137) HM WM
35Louisiana (St. Landry Parish), Opelousas — Saint Landry Parish Mural
1) Sweet potatoes introduced and promoted throughout the area by John Sibille, brought prosperity and made Sunset the largest shipping point for yams in the world during the 1940's and 1950's. In the 1940's, Sunset became known as the "Sweet Potato . . . — Map (db m107613) HM
36Louisiana (St. Landry Parish), Opelousas — Seven Brothers Oak
On April 4, 1809, Louisiana cotton planter Jean Henri Lastrapes became the proud father of a new baby boy. Because this was his seventh son, he immediately sent workers out to gather seven small live oak trees, intending to surround his home with . . . — Map (db m107480) HM
37Louisiana (St. Landry Parish), Opelousas — Shute's Drug Store — 1924
Established at the turn of the 20th century by Dr. Creighton Shute, this building served as a general merchandise store and pharmacy. This property is of significance in U.S. history as Clyde Barrow, of the notorious Barrow Gang, received his . . . — Map (db m145872) HM
38Louisiana (St. Landry Parish), Opelousas — Site of Bowie Residence
James Bowie lived here with his family from 1815 to 1824. The Bowies operated several sawmills along the bayous of St. Landry Parish. The famous Bowie knife became a legend in Opelousas prior to his heroic death at the Alamo. — Map (db m85968) HM
39Louisiana (St. Landry Parish), Opelousas — St. Joseph Methodist Church for Colored People — circa 1948
This small, single frame wood structure was built in 1948 as a house of worship for the African American Methodist congregation in the small, rural St. Landry Parish village of Palmetto. The church purchased a parcel of land located at the end of . . . — Map (db m107925) HM
40Louisiana (St. Landry Parish), Opelousas — St. Landry Catholic Cemetery
Side 1Established circa 1798; Opelousas oldest cemetery. Located on land donated by Michel Prudhomme in 1796. It is the final resting place of numerous New York Orphan Train Riders and many veterans of wars dating back to the American . . . — Map (db m114225) HM
41Louisiana (St. Landry Parish), Opelousas — St. Landry Catholic Church
Founded as the "Parish Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Post of Opelousas" by Capuchin monks. First recorded church ritual performed in 1756: first pastor Fr. Valentin. In 1796 Michel Prudhomme donated 120 arpents of land for the present . . . — Map (db m86739) HM
42Louisiana (St. Landry Parish), Opelousas — St. Landry Catholic Church
The second largest Catholic Church in the south was established in 1776 and was named after the Bishop of Paris in 1650. Two former pastors are buried beneath its floor. Jim Bowie, hero of the Alamo was baptized and married here in 1814. In the . . . — Map (db m86742) HM
43Louisiana (St. Landry Parish), Opelousas — Sugar Kettle, c. 1800
Jesuit priests brought sugarcane into south Louisiana in 1751. Soon, a thriving industry was born in Louisiana.A product of the late 18th and 19th centuries, these sphere-shaped kettles which were made from cast iron, were primarily used in the . . . — Map (db m107597) HM
44Louisiana (St. Landry Parish), Opelousas — The Macland Plantation Bell — circa mid to late 1800s
Major Amos Webb, who built Arlington Plantation in nearby Washington, Louisiana, bought additional land near the north bank of Bayou Bouef in 1836, and built Macland Plantation for his son, Dr. Louis Archibald Webb in circa 1842.The Thislethwaite . . . — Map (db m155005) HM
45Louisiana (St. Landry Parish), Opelousas — Union Pacific Freight Depot — circa 1900
Originally located on Court Street on the east-west route of the Union Pacific Railroad, this building was once used as a freight depot and it is one of the last train depots of its kind in Louisiana. The depot was used until the late 1980s, when . . . — Map (db m107839) HM
46Louisiana (St. Landry Parish), Opelousas — Venus House — circa mid to late 1700s
The Venus House was the first building to be relocated to Le Vieux Village in 1973. This French Creole style home was donated by the Earl Fontenot family. The home was originally located in the small community of Grand Prairie. In 1975, the house . . . — Map (db m107490) HM
47Louisiana (St. Landry Parish), Opelousas — Whiteville School House — circa 1911
This building is typical of a two-room country schoolhouse. It was built at a time when horse drawn carriages transported children to school. The school's original location was the northern St. Landry Parish community of Whiteville.Generally, each . . . — Map (db m108008) HM
 
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