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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Louisiana

Le Parc Du Vieux Depot Marker image, Touch for more information
By Cajun Scrambler, October 20, 2005
Le Parc Du Vieux Depot Marker
1 Louisiana, Acadia Parish, Church Point — Le Parc Du Vieux Depot
The Village of Church Point was linked to the outside world by rail on April 19, 1907 when the Opelousas, Gulf and Northeast Railroad reached this point. The arrival of the OG& NE railroad brought an influx of commerce and industry to the area, . . . Map (db m87873) HM
2 Louisiana, Acadia Parish, Church Point — 359 — Le Vieux Presbytθre
Le Vieux Presbytθre has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997 by the United States Department of the Interior.Map (db m196525) HM
3 Louisiana, Acadia Parish, Crowley — Crowley
Founded 1886 & soon emerged as center of state's rice industry. Historic district listed on National Register of Historic Places. Significant for its impressive c.1890-c.1930 commercial area & its superb Victorian residences.Map (db m85287) HM
4 Louisiana, Acadia Parish, Crowley — Crowley
Founded 1886 & soon emerged as center of state's rice industry. Historic district listed on National Register of Historic Places. Significant for its impressive c.1890-c.1930 commercial area & its superb Victorian residences.Map (db m147011) HM
5 Louisiana, Acadia Parish, Crowley — Crowley Louisiana Post Office 1913
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m123416) HM
6 Louisiana, Acadia Parish, Crowley — David L. & Jeanette Ross May House — National Register of Historic Places — 27th Day of February, 2019 —
David L. May and Jeanette Ross May, husband and wife, were prominent African-American citizens of the City of Crowley, Louisiana. They began a life-long commitment to the community in the 1920's, and in 1980 were named Crowley's Outstanding . . . Map (db m189298) HM
7 Louisiana, Acadia Parish, Crowley — Miller Stadium
Built in 1948 Miller Stadium served as the home of the Crowley Millers who played in South Louisiana's semi-pro Teche League and the professional Gulf coast and Evangeline Leagues from 1948 to 1957. Popular with baseball enthusiasts, the . . . Map (db m125823) HM
8 Louisiana, Acadia Parish, Crowley — Salmon Lusk Wright — 1852-1929
Developed at this site the world's best seed rice which revived that industry by insuring wider markets. His varieties that are used today for breeding purposes are Blue Rose, Louisiana Pearl, Early Prolific Edith, and Lady Wright.Map (db m103075) HM
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9 Louisiana, Acadia Parish, Crowley — Senator John F. Kennedy Presidential Campaign Speech
On Friday October 19, 1959, Sen. John F. Kennedy (D) from Massachusetts, delivered a campaign speech in pursuit of the 1960 Democratic Party's nomination for the office of President of the United States. From the stage of the 23rd International Rice . . . Map (db m87865) HM
10 Louisiana, Acadia Parish, Evangeline — Louisiana Strikes Oil!
The first oil strike in the State of Louisiana was made on September 21, 1901 on the farm of Jules Clement in the community of Evangeline. The well was known as both Jules Clement No. 1 and Jennings Oil No. 1 after the company that drilled the . . . Map (db m125802) HM
11 Louisiana, Acadia Parish, Rayne — Jacques Weil Company
Jacques Weil and brothers, Edmond and Gontran, came to Rayne from Paris in 1901 and established a mercantile business that shipped frogs to restaurants and universities across the country. The business became a landmark in the area, expanding the . . . Map (db m68710) HM
12 Louisiana, Acadia Parish, Rayne — Pouppeville
English: Named for the merchant Jules Pouppeville and dating back to the 1850s, Pouppeville was once a stagecoach stop. The town was disassembled, carried north by oxen one mile to meet the railroad, and rebuilt at Rayne Station in 1881. . . . Map (db m103072) HM
13 Louisiana, Acadia Parish, Rayne — Rayne Depot Square
Early Cajun settlers of Southwest Louisiana, who established Poupeville, demonstrated their courage and determination by moving businesses and homes one mile north, relocating on the site of the Louisiana Western Railroad, the first train depot . . . Map (db m85297) HM
14 Louisiana, Acadia Parish, Rayne — St. Joseph's Catholic Church & Cemetery
The site of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and Cemetery was determined after the new settlement of Rayne was established. Huge wooden wheels were made and the old church from the original Poupeville settlement was mounted on them and moved to this . . . Map (db m85307) HM
15 Louisiana, Acadia Parish, Rayne — The Bernard Bertrand Home
In 1883, the town of Rayne was incorporated and J.D. Bernard served as its first mayor. The Bernard residence stands today as one of Rayne's few remaining early structures. Originally located on West South 1st. St., it was purchased by E.J. . . . Map (db m85291) HM
16 Louisiana, Acadia Parish, Richard — Acadia Baptist Acadamy — 1917-1973
The Acadia Baptist Academy once occupied these buildings and grounds. The school was founded in 1917 by the Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church and the Southern Baptist Home Mission Board. Its purpose was to provide Christian education and training for . . . Map (db m89002) HM
17 Louisiana, Allen Parish, Elizabeth — SSG Timothy Bruce Cole, Jr. - Bronze Star with Valor — KIA June 6, 2007, Ah Sadah, Iraq — Operation Iraqi Freedom —
On March 5, 2007, three months prior to his death while conducting a dismounted patrol SSG Cole's element came under heavy enemy machine gun fire from the north and west. One of SSG Cole's section members, PFC Finck, was immediately hit after . . . Map (db m125178) HM WM
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18 Louisiana, Allen Parish, Elizabeth — 16 — Town of Elizabeth — Myths & Legends - Allen Parish
Center Panel The Elizabeth Mill During Louisiana's timber boom, the Industrial Lumber Company purchased tens of thousands of acres of virgin pine forests. In 1907 The company founded the town of Elizabeth and began the construction of a . . . Map (db m125179) HM
19 Louisiana, Allen Parish, Kinder — 1st. Lt. Douglas B. Fournet
In Memoriam 1st. Lt. Douglas B. Fournet May 7, 1943 - May 4, 1968Awarded The Congressional Medal of Honor Posthumously by PRESIDENT RICHARD M. NIXON For Conspicuous Gallantry And Willing Sacrifice"Greater Love Hath No Man Than This, That A Man . . . Map (db m114501) HM WM
20 Louisiana, Allen Parish, Kinder — 1st. Lt. Douglas Bernard Fournet — B. May 7, 1943 | K.I.A. May 4, 1968 Vietnam
Vietnam Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served in the United States Army during the War in Vietnam as a First Lieutenant in Company B, 1st Battalion 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery . . . Map (db m133980) HM
21 Louisiana, Allen Parish, Kinder — Great Louisiana Maneuvers' Blue Army Headquarters
The United States Army GHQ (General Headquarters) Maneuvers of 1941 were held throughout western Louisiana. These important war games helped to prepare the Army for its future involvement in W. W. II. Through mock battles two opposing armies, the . . . Map (db m103110) HM WM
22 Louisiana, Allen Parish, Kinder — Kinder War Monument
This monument is Dedicated to honor all Who gave their lives in Defense of their countryMap (db m114511) WM
23 Louisiana, Allen Parish, Kinder — Kinder, Louisiana
Named for James A. Kinder, who received a homestead certificate for land in 1892. Kansas City, Watkins, and Gulf Railway arrived in 1890. Kinder was incorporated as a village in 1903. Patrick E. Moore served as first mayor.Map (db m103117) HM
24 Louisiana, Allen Parish, Kinder — Kinder: The Crossroads to Everywhere — Myths & Legends - Allen Parish
Center Panel People call Kinder "The Crossroads to Everywhere" because of the community's long history as a meeting place where people traded goods and ideas and blended cultural experiences. A Fork in the River Forges Kinder's Future . . . Map (db m201708) HM
25 Louisiana, Allen Parish, Kinder — St. Paul Baptist Church — Moorehead Public School
This property served as the first African-American school in Allen Parish until 1945. The land was deeded to the church in 1911 by Julian and his wife Modeste Captain. *School established in 1880 with Lawrence Shaw as first teacher. The original . . . Map (db m189219) HM
26 Louisiana, Allen Parish, Kinder — 19 — The Coushatta People — Myths & Legends - Allen Parish
Main Panel The Coushatta's Migration from Georgia to Louisiana The Coushatta originally lived along the Tennessee River in Georgia and Alabama but migrated to Louisiana beginning in the late 1700s. Led by a leader known as Stilapihkachatta, . . . Map (db m189243) HM
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27 Louisiana, Allen Parish, Oakdale — Sgt. Leroy Johnson
"Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay his life down for his friend." No more appropriate words could be used than the above in the incident relative to the death of U.S. Army Sgt. Leroy Johnson of Oakdale, La., who covered . . . Map (db m86706) HM WM
28 Louisiana, Allen Parish, Oakdale — SSG Timothy B. Cole, Jr. — All Gave Some - Some Gave All
The people of Oakdale, Louisiana, Allen Parish, and VFW Post 3687 dedicate this memorial in honor of SSG Timothy B. Cole, Jr., who sacrificed his life in Ah Sadah, Iraq, for the love of his country and fellow soldiers. Born April 26, 1979 - Died . . . Map (db m86776) WM
29 Louisiana, Allen Parish, Oakdale — Vietnam KIA Memorial
If you love... you will be matter what the cost 1 Corinthians 13:7 (TLB) The People of Oakdale, Louisiana dedicate this memorial in honor of our three young soldiers who gave their lives, in the Viet Nam War, for the love . . . Map (db m168586) HM WM
30 Louisiana, Allen Parish, Oakdale — Vietnam Memorial
If you love... you will be matter what the cost 1 Corinthians 13:7 (TLB) The people of Oakdale, Louisiana dedicate this memorial in honor of our three young soldiers who gave their lives, in the Viet Nam War, for the . . . Map (db m86777) WM
31 Louisiana, Allen Parish, Oberlin — 17 — Oberlin: A Blending of Cultures — Myths & Legends - Allen Parish
Center Panel Oberlin: A Settlement on the Edge of the Prairie Oberlin is located at the edge of the Louisiana prairie. Beyond it, the landscape turns to pine forests:. Positioned as it is, Oberlin stands as a unique mixture of two . . . Map (db m126071) HM
32 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Darrow — Bocage Plantation
Built in 1801 by Marius Pons Bringier as wedding gift for daughter Fanny, who married Christophe Colomb, a French refugee. Remodeled by Architect James Dakin 1837. Restored by Dr. & Mrs. E.G. Kohlsdorf 1941.Map (db m85285) HM
33 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Darrow — Houmas House
Houmas Indian land grant sold to Conway and Latil in 1774. Sold to Revolutionary War hero Wade Hampton 1811. Greek revival mansion built by John Smith Preston in 1840. Restored by Dr. George Crozat in 1940.Map (db m109683) HM
34 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Darrow — L'Hermitage — 1812-1814 — Reported missing
Greek Revival mansion built by Marius Pons Bringier as wedding gift for his son Michael Douradou, who named the house for General Andrew Jackson's home in Tennessee. The Jacksons visited here in the 1820s.Map (db m141734) HM
35 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Darrow — Tezcuco Plantation
Built in 1855 by Benjamin F. Tureaud, kinsman of Bringier family. Constructed of homemade red brick and Louisiana cypress. Purchased in 1888 by Dr. Julian T. Bringier. Retained by relatives until the 1940s.Map (db m85284) HM
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36 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Donaldsonville — African American Life
This quiet neighborhood between the river and the railroad retains a number of historic features related to the struggles and achievements of Louisiana African Americans. The Rosenwald School building in front of you was relocated from a site 15 . . . Map (db m155974) HM
37 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Donaldsonville — Ascension Catholic Church
This church founded August 15, 1772 by Father Angel de Revillagodos on orders of King Charles III of Spain. Cornerstone of present church laid June, 1876 by Bishop Elder of Natchez and the April 14, 1896 dedication by Archbishop Janssens of New . . . Map (db m86048) HM
38 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Donaldsonville — Ascension Of Our Lord Catholic Church — A sacred place on the river for more than 250 years
French missionary priests arrived here in 1704 to evangelize the Chetimaches Indians. Around 1770, Spanish militiamen built a log chapel here. In 1819 the parish erected the first official church building, followed by a brick church in 1843. . . . Map (db m155327) HM
39 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Donaldsonville — Bayou Lafourche — Mississippi River Junction — Atchafalaya Water Heritage Trail —
Once a course of the Mississippi River, Bayou Lafourche helped shape Louisiana's coastline by carrying fresh water, sediment and nutrients south to the Gulf of Mexico.Bayou LaFourche is a 106-mile waterway that stretches from Donaldsonville to . . . Map (db m111250) HM
40 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Donaldsonville — Bicentennial Jazz Plaza
Jazz developed at the turn of the 20th century in south Louisiana and was born from a combination of musical traditions: work songs, spirituals, blues, and ragtime. From the early days of vaudeville and minstrel shows to the formidable first years . . . Map (db m86822) HM
41 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Donaldsonville — Canary Islanders Memorial
We dedicate this memorial in honor of our Spanish ancestors from the Canary Islands who, in the 18th century, sailed to Louisiana where they settled and prospered, thus fulfilling God's will as written in Holy Scripture: Be fruitful and . . . Map (db m155328) HM
42 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Donaldsonville — Central Agricultural School
It began in 1912, Booker T. Washington, President of Tuskegee Institute, approached Julius Rosenwald, President of Sears, Roebuck and Company, with an idea for a pilot program that was to have a dramatic impact on the face of America. . . . Map (db m154213) HM
43 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Donaldsonville — Charles "Chalou" Trepagnier Building
This building built in 1868 served as the Ascension parish Courthouse and jail. On June 1, 2017, the Ascension Parish Council officially changed the name to Charles "Chalou" Trepagnier Building in honor of his 51 years as a law enforcer. Born to . . . Map (db m123662) HM
44 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Donaldsonville — Crescent Park — Grand portal into the heart of historic Donaldsonville
River travelers in the 1800s disembarked from their vessels on the levee behind you. For most of them, this crescent-shaped park was their first stop in the most developed river town north of New Orleans. Amid the whistles of riverboats and the . . . Map (db m155998) HM
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45 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Donaldsonville — Dedicated to the Memory Of
Dedicated To The Memory Of These Men Of Ascension Parish Who Gave Their Lives In The Services Of Their Country In World War I and World War IIMap (db m126726) WM
46 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Donaldsonville — Donaldsonville
Made capital of Louisiana in 1830; Legislature met from January 4 to March 16 and reconvened in 1831. In 1848 the old State House, located across from this site, was razed, and its bricks used to prevent wavewash at the bayou's mouth.Map (db m85189) HM
47 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Donaldsonville — Donaldsonville
Second Acadian Coast. Town founded by William Donaldson, 1806, on farm of Pierre Landry. Began as trading post about 1750. Home of Governor Francis T. Nicholls, of Dr. F.M. Prevost, who performed the first Caesarean section, 1824. Parish seat of . . . Map (db m223363) HM
48 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Donaldsonville — Fort Butler — Union defenders thwarted a bold Confederate assault here
Recognizing the strategic importance of this river port at the mouth of Bayou Lafourche, Union forces built Fort Butler on this site in late 1862. The earthen, log and brick structure no longer exists.On the evening of June 27, 1863, Confederate . . . Map (db m155976) HM
49 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Donaldsonville — Fort Butler African American Soldiers Memorial
(left panel) "We are still anxious as we have ever been to show the world that the latent courage of the African is aroused, and that , while fighting under the American Flag, we can and will be a wall of fire and death to the enimies of . . . Map (db m86323) WM
50 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Donaldsonville — Fort Butler UDC Monument
(center panel) The Finest of Texas and Arizona, Lives lost by river and bayou. We mark their graves, Remember their names: Brave Confederates who died At Fort Butler, June 28, 1863. Martha M. Boltz Virginia Division - . . . Map (db m86049) WM
51 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Donaldsonville — Francis T. Nicholls — 1834-1912
On the site directly across from this marker Francis T. Nicholls — Confederate General, Governor and Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court — was born and reared. Additional French marker Francis T. Nicholls 1834-1912 A cet . . . Map (db m85191) HM
52 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Donaldsonville — Historic Donaldsonville — A magnet for Indians, explorers, planters, merchants and pirates
Imagine the landscape in front of you in the late 1600s: the wild wetlands of the fierce Chitimaches Indians. Sieur de la Salle sailed his ship past here in 1682, claiming all he surveyed for France. But in 1806, Englishman William Donaldson . . . Map (db m156746) HM
53 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Donaldsonville — Louisiana Square — A seat of government for more than 200 years
This elegant memorial park recalls many eras of southern Louisiana history. The Ascension Parish Courthouse to your right is the most prominent landmarks today, but this square designed in 1806 has witnessed important events in regional . . . Map (db m155365) HM
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54 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Donaldsonville — Mississippi River — America's greatest river system and transportation artery
This great waterway is the most prominent natural feature of Louisiana. The high bank, or levee, you are standing on protects Donaldsonville from flooding. A birds-eye view reveals we are located between two great river bends.Events on and around . . . Map (db m155312) HM
55 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Donaldsonville — St. Emma Plantation
Scene of Civil War skirmish in fall of 1862. C.1850 Greek Revival plantation house owned 1854-1869 by Charles A. Kock, a prominent sugar planter. Listed on National Register of Historic Places in 1980.Map (db m96047) HM
56 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Donaldsonville — Walter Lemann, Sr. Pumping Station — Bayou Lafourche Fresh Water District — 1955 —
This facility is dedicated to the memory of Walter Lemann, Sr. (1879-1952) a citizen of Donaldsonville whose untiring efforts to restore a flow of fresh water to Bayou Lafourche continued from its closure in 1903 until his death. It was his . . . Map (db m86047) HM
57 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Donaldsonville — War Veterans Memorial
Panel 1 This monument dedicated in memory of all veterans who served the United States Armed Forces in defense of freedom and peace, having fought bravely against tremendous odds on land, sea and air, were no less honorable, valiant and . . . Map (db m96911) WM
58 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Geismar — Abe Hawkins — ? - 1867
Once enslaved at Ashland Plantation, became noted 19th century African American jockey. Rode the horse Lecompte to victory over Lexington in 1854 in New Orleans. Inducted into the Louisiana Racing Museum Hall of Fame in 1997.Map (db m84995) HM
59 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Geismar — Ashland
Plantation home of Duncan Farrar Kenner, 1813-1887; statesman, lawyer, planter and Confederate minister to France and England in 1864. Home also known as Belle Helene.Map (db m96048) HM
60 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Gonzales — "The Mother of All Battles Has Begun!" — - Saddam Hussein, January 17, 1991
As U.S.-led coalition forces began to unleash a ferocious air war on Iraq with Operation Desert Storm, Iraq's dictator Saddam Hussein took to state radio, telling his people "the great duel, the mother of all battles has begun...the dawn of victory . . . Map (db m115062) HM
61 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Gonzales — "The War to End War" — - President Woodrow Wilson
U.S. President Woodrow Wilson had lofty goals for World War I, including his hope that the war would create a set of conditions that made future wars impossible. Along with his plea that the war should be fought "to make the world safe for . . . Map (db m114884) HM WM
62 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Gonzales — A View From The Trenches: A Doughboy From Donaldsonville Writes Home
A young resident of Donaldsonville named Private Bennett J. Babin wrote the following letters while serving in the trenches in France in 1918. The first was written to G.D. Bentley, the editor of The Donaldsonville Chief, a weekly newspaper serving . . . Map (db m115002) HM WM
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63 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Gonzales — Ascension Parish Residents Fighting the War on Terror — The 769th Engineer Battalion In The Iraq War (2007 - 2008)
Long-time Ascension Parish residents Sergeant Major Chad Lynch, Major Cindy Haygood, Sergeant First Class Bonnie Hymel, and First Sergeant Chad Anderson played vital roles in the Iraq War. They were sent in as part of what became known as the "Iraq . . . Map (db m114932) HM WM
64 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Gonzales — Cal Ripken, Sr.
Cal Ripken, Sr. signed his first baseball contract in 1956. Over the next 36 years, he served as player, coach and manager within the Baltimore Orioles' organization. Every step of the way, Cal Ripken, Sr. led by example - loyalty, hard work, . . . Map (db m198960) HM
65 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Gonzales — Civil War — Louisiana's Role in the War
Louisiana occupied a highly strategic location during the Civil War. Home to both the South's largest city, New Orleans, as well as the largest Confederate training base in the Gulf South at Camp Moore, and positioned to control the mouth of the . . . Map (db m114854) HM WM
66 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Gonzales — Civil War — Western Theater Of War
Union efforts in the western theater of the war centered on seizing control of the many rivers and streams that pierced the Southern heartland. Employing ironclad warships capable of destroying the South's outdated masonry forts, Union forces . . . Map (db m114997) HM
67 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Gonzales — Civil War — Eastern Theatre Of War
Many of the most climactic and large scale battles occurred in the eastern theatre of the war, primarily Virginia. With the capital cities of both North and South in perilous proximity of one another, much of the fighting in the east naturally . . . Map (db m114999) HM
68 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Gonzales — In War There Is No Substitute for Victory — General Douglas MacArthur
During the first year of the Korean War, President Harry Truman and General Douglas MacArthur, the man Truman put in charge, started to have fundamental disagreements about the methods and overall purpose of the war. MacArthur came to believe that . . . Map (db m114991) HM WM
69 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Gonzales — Louisiana Marines in the Persian Gulf War
In response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in August 1990, U.S. President George H.W. Bush ordered 540,000 American troops to the sands of Saudi Arabia to protect it from Iraqi encroachment and to convince Iraq to leave Kuwait. Louisiana residents . . . Map (db m114933) HM WM
70 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Gonzales — Mexico Will Poison Us — Ralph Waldo Emerson
One of America's most important literary figures, Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 - April 27, 1882), wrote these words that turned out to be prophetic. Before the Mexican-American War began, Emerson predicted that "the U.S. will conquer Mexico, . . . Map (db m114882) HM
71 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Gonzales — Purple Heart Memorial — Combat Wounded
Dedicated to the men and women wounded in all our wars preserving the freedom of the United States of America. Veterans In God We Trust. Rear of Memorial Each Purple Heart shall always be a part of freedom's history Hold deep inside a fervent . . . Map (db m196847) WM
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72 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Gonzales — Star Spangled Banner
"AND THE ROCKETS' RED GLARE, THE BOMBS BURSTING IN AIR, GAVE PROOF THROUGH THE NIGHT THAT OUR FLAG WAS STILL THERE."---“Star Spangled Banner" By Francis Scott Key In September 1814, an American lawyer named Francis Scott Key was sent to . . . Map (db m114831) HM
73 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Gonzales — The Battle of New Orleans, 1815
Only 69 miles from where you are standing, the most significant battle of the War of 1812 was fought, the Battle of New Orleans. Ironically, it was neither fought in New Orleans, nor was it fought during the official War of 1812. Instead, it was . . . Map (db m114830) HM
74 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Gonzales — The Civil War — 1861-1865
Background Throughout the antebellum period, the Northern and the Southern United States developed divergent economies as the North industrialized and commercialized while the South's mild climate and extended growing season allowed it to . . . Map (db m115035) HM
75 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Gonzales — The Freedom Fountain
Dedicated to all the men and women who paid the ulitmate price in service to their country. This nation was conceived in liberty and built upon these sacrifices over the centuries. If this country stands for one shining ideal, it is on our . . . Map (db m196848) WM
76 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Gonzales — The Korean War
Panel 1 The Korean War (June 25, 1950 - July 27, 1953) erupted in 1950 when the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) invaded the Republic of Korea (South Korea). What started as a civil war quickly turned into a matter of . . . Map (db m115122) HM
77 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Gonzales — The Mexican-American War — The Louisiana Connection
Three Louisiana men played prominent roles in the Mexican-American War. Though John Slidell was born in New York, he moved to New Orleans in 1819, started a successful law practice, and eventually became an important leader of the Democratic Party . . . Map (db m114832) HM
78 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Gonzales — The Mexican-American War — 1846-1848
Panel 1 Fifteen years before Americans began fighting each other in the Civil War, they were at war with their neighbors to the south in Mexico. The Mexican-American War began in 1846 and lasted less than two years with the Americans achieving a . . . Map (db m114839) HM
79 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Gonzales — The Persian Gulf War — August 2, 1990-February 28, 1991
Panel 1 At the stroke of midnight on August 2, 1990, Iraqi troops blasted across the border of their tiny oil-rich neighbor to the south in Kuwait in order to occupy and annex the small sheikdom and gain control of its ample oil reserves. . . . Map (db m115151) HM
80 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Gonzales — The Vietnam War — 1954-1975
Panel 1 Much like the Korean War before it, the Vietnam War started as a civil war in Asia, but quickly evolved into an international matter because it became yet another manifestation of the Cold War. By 1954, a communist regime controlled . . . Map (db m208813) WM
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81 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Gonzales — The War of 1812
Panel 1Only twenty-nine years after winning its independence from Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War, the United States found itself at war once again with its former mother country. The War of 1812 began on June 18, 1812 when Congress . . . Map (db m114827) HM
82 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Gonzales — The War on Terror: The Afghanistan War — (Operation Enduring Freedom)
Toppling the Taliban (October 2001 - December 2001)Within days of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the U.S. government blamed Al Qaeda, a group of Islamic extremists led by Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan. The Taliban, an Islamic . . . Map (db m115816) HM WM
83 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Gonzales — The War on Terror: The Afghanistan War And The Iraq War
Out of the clear blue morning sky of September 11, 2001, war came to America. Nineteen hijackers seized four passenger planes and flew them as manned missiles directly into symbols of American financial and military power. Two planes struck the . . . Map (db m115804) HM WM
84 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Gonzales — Viet Nam/ Desert Storm Memorial
Remembering the men and women of Viet Nam America's forgotten Hero You are America's forgotten hero A fate you didn't deserve. To the Battlefield you did go fighting with prideful nerve. In Honor of the men and women of Desert Storm . . . Map (db m198940) WM
85 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Gonzales — War on Terror: The Iraq War — (Operation Iraqi Freedom)
Deposing a Dictator: Invading Iraq and the Overthrow of Saddam Hussein (March 2003 – May 2003)By the end of 2002, President George W. Bush had become dissatisfied with Saddam Hussein's level of cooperation with U.N. weapons inspectors . . . Map (db m115805) HM WM
86 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Gonzales — World War I — The Great War — 1914-1918 —
Panel 1 BackgroundWorld War I, also known as the Great War, was a global clash between most of the world's great powers from 1914 to 1918. The participating nations divided themselves into two camps. On one side, Austria-Hungary, Germany, . . . Map (db m115036) HM
87 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Gonzales — World War II
Background Twenty years after the "the war to end war," World War I, a far more brutal, destructive, and deadlier conflict broke out—World War II. Fought from 1939 to 1945, the Second World War included almost every nation in the . . . Map (db m115794) HM WM
88 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Gonzales — WWII - War In Europe
The Big Three Agree While the American soldiers were proving their worth in the Mediterranean (see the panel War in the Mediterranean), they still had not made a huge impact in western Europe, mainly because the British Prime Minister . . . Map (db m115788) HM WM
89 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Gonzales — WWII - War In The Mediterranean — (North Africa, Sicily, and Italy)
By December 11, 1941, the U.S. was officially at war with all three major Axis powers, but most Americans wanted to see the Japanese head of the three-headed monster cut off first because of what happened at Pearl Harbor. American military . . . Map (db m115796) HM WM
90 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Gonzales — WWII - War In The Pacific
Post Pearl Harbor American and British military planners decided on a strategy of “Europe First", but that did not mean “Neglect Japan Entirely.” Indeed, fierce fighting took place in the Pacific in the immediate aftermath . . . Map (db m115786) HM WM
91 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Modeste — Gaudin Home Place — At Philadelphia Point
Site of the plantation of the Jean Baptiste Gaudin Family from 1830 to 1874. Gaudin, a native of St. James Parish, established Gaudin Home Place from several small farms. He grew cotton then sugarcane. In time he would own over 1000 arpents . . . Map (db m87261) HM
92 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Prairieville — Galveztown
Old Spanish town at junction of Amite River and Bayou Manchac. Settled by Anglo-Americans, 1776-78, seeking Spanish refuge from American Revolution and by Canary Islanders (Islenos). Named for Spanish Governor Bernardo de Galvez. Town was abandoned . . . Map (db m85246) HM
93 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Prairieville — Prairieville Cemetery — History
The site of this cemetery, being one of the highest spots in east Ascension Parish, was used to bury those who died during crevasses. About the year 1785, Joseph Dupuy donated it as a non-sectarian cemetery, including slaves and Indians. Joseph . . . Map (db m86105) HM
94 Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Prairieville — The Ascension Parish Negro Fair Association, Inc. / Ascension Parish Negro Fairgrounds
(side 1) The Ascension Parish Negro Fair Association, Inc. The APNFA, Inc. was established September 22, 1950 by concerned citizens in the Prairieville area. The Association assisted and encouraged the advancement of farming, . . . Map (db m85750) HM
95 Louisiana, Assumption Parish, Belle Rose — Grand Bayou
"Where we love is home— home that our feet may leave but not our hearts." Oliver Wendell Holmes Founded by Gustave Joseph De La Barre Circa 1900Map (db m85518) HM
96 Louisiana, Assumption Parish, Belle Rose — Israel Baptist School/Formerly Baptist Church School — (1872-1942)
Israel Baptist SchoolIn 1872, Reverend Osborne Dickerson and the First Israel B. C. congregation organized the Baptist Church School on this site to provide formal education for African American children. In 1877, Assumption Parish School . . . Map (db m86041) HM
97 Louisiana, Assumption Parish, Belle Rose — Valenzuela Dans La Fourche
Founded under Spanish rule c. 1778 by Canary Islanders, later joined by Acadians and others. Post believed to have been on site of "Belle Alliance Plantation," 841 acre grant to Don Juan Vives, early Spanish physician, officer in the Galvez . . . Map (db m86034) HM
98 Louisiana, Assumption Parish, Labadieville — Battle Of Georgia Landing — October 27, 1862
First major battle fought along Bayou Lafourche during the War Between the States. Marching from Donaldsonville Union forces under General Weitzel (8th NH, 12th & 13th CT) attacked General Mouton (Ralston's Battery, 24th & 18th LA and the Terrebonne . . . Map (db m85249) HM
99 Louisiana, Assumption Parish, Napoleonville — Assumption Parish World War II Memorial
. . . Map (db m88361) WM
100 Louisiana, Assumption Parish, Napoleonville — Assumption Parish WWII Memorial
Assumption Parish dedicates this memorial to the memory of those who gave their lives in the service of their Country World War II 1941-1945 Clifton Ambrose Tuite H. Ambrose Joycee C. Amos Roland P. Aucoin Charles . . . Map (db m88363) WM

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Jun. 9, 2023