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May 6, 2017
Fontainebleau Plantation Sugar Mill Marker
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
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
Louisiana (Ascension Parish), Gonzales — In War There Is No Substitute for VictoryGeneral 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
Louisiana (Ascension Parish), Gonzales — The Persian Gulf WarAugust 2, 1990-February 28, 1991
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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

Louisiana (Ascension Parish), Gonzales — The Vietnam War1954-1975
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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 . . . — Map (db m115153) WM

Louisiana (Avoyelles Parish), Effie — State Champions 1985
On May 11, 1985, Lafargue High School's baseball team became the Louisiana State Champion of Class B. Other highlights were a District 9-B Championship and an undefeated season. It was the greatest athletic accomplishment of Lafargue High School in . . . — Map (db m110934) HM
Louisiana (Caldwell Parish), Columbia — First United Methodist Church
Methodists have worshipped in a building on this site since before 1840. Circuit riders served congregation until 1847, when first pastor appointed. Present building completed in 1911 from plans brought from Europe by a church member. — Map (db m120260) HM
Louisiana (Concordia Parish), Ferriday — Mickey Gilley
For most of his career, Pianist/vocalist Mickey Gilley lived in the shadow of his cousin, Jerry Lee Lewis, playing a similar fusion of country, rock, blues and R&B. In the early '70s, he managed to breakthrough into country stardom, but it wasn't . . . — Map (db m104065) HM
Louisiana (East Baton Rouge Parish), Baton Rouge — 1958 National Champions
Overall Record: 11-0 | SEC Record 6-0 Head Coach Paul Dietzel The legendary 1958 team compiled LSU's first perfect season since 1908 and became the first squad in school history to win the national title. Looking to build on a previous season . . . — Map (db m98288) HM
Louisiana (East Baton Rouge Parish), Baton Rouge — Claude WrotenDefensive Tackle
Considered one of the most dominant defensive linemen in college football in 2005, he teamed with Kyle Williams to give LSU a pair of All-America defensive tackles. A junior college transfer who played two years for the Tigers, he also earned . . . — Map (db m106653) HM
Louisiana (East Baton Rouge Parish), Baton Rouge — Distinguished Cadets1937-1938
Dedicated by the Louisiana Department Reserve Officers Association of the United States to those Cadets who have distinguished themselves by their outstanding attention to duty their scholarly attainments and their preparation of of . . . — Map (db m104484) HM WM
Louisiana (East Baton Rouge Parish), Baton Rouge — Fred MillerTackle
A stellar lineman for the great LSU teams of the early 1960s, he earned All-America honors as the key blocker for Heisman Trophy runner-up Jerry Stovall in 1962. In his three seasons at LSU the Tigers won two bowl games. He was drafted by both the . . . — Map (db m104388) HM
Louisiana (East Baton Rouge Parish), Baton Rouge — 8 — Huey Long Grave
Public service commissioner, then governor, finally U.S. senator, Huey Pierce Long went from obscure upstate lawyer to flamboyant national figure. Along the way, he built a political dynasty—as well as roads, bridges, hospitals and schools. . . . — Map (db m87430) HM
Louisiana (East Baton Rouge Parish), Baton Rouge — Land Grant College / Sea Grant College
(plaque 1) Land Grant College Congress, through the Morrill Act of of 1862, donated 210,000 acres of public land to Louisiana to provide a college "For the benefit of Agriculture and the Mechanical Arts." The land and underlying . . . — Map (db m91023) HM
Louisiana (East Baton Rouge Parish), Baton Rouge — Louisiana's Old State CapitolNorth Boulevard at Lafayette
Its architectural style has been both celebrated and criticized, but there's no disputing Louisiana's Old State Capitol is one of the nation's most distinct public buildings. Renowned architect James Dakin chose the building's Gothic Revival design. . . . — Map (db m96602) HM
Louisiana (East Baton Rouge Parish), Baton Rouge — 10 — LSU Former Campus
In 1885, Louisiana State University moved from Mid-State city of Alexandria to this site, taking over the decommissioned Baton Rouge Arsenal. Nicknamed the "Old War Skule" on these grounds LSU saw its first intercollegiate football game, regular . . . — Map (db m87429) HM
Louisiana (East Baton Rouge Parish), Baton Rouge — Old State Capitol1850-1862, 1882-1932
This Gothic Revival structure was designed by James Harrison Dakin. The Louisiana Secession Ordinance was adopted here in 1861. The interior was burned in December 1862 while the building was occupied by Federal troops. Reconstructed by William . . . — Map (db m87892) HM
Louisiana (East Baton Rouge Parish), Baton Rouge — Robert DugasOffensive Tackle
His academic prowess surpassed his athletic ability, which was considerable. A member of the self-named "Root Hogs" which cleared the way for many of Charles Alexander's record setting performances, he was named All-American in 1978 and Academic . . . — Map (db m105404) HM
Louisiana (East Baton Rouge Parish), Baton Rouge — USCGC White AlderLouisiana Memorial Plaza — USS KIDD Veterans Memorial and Museum
Panel 1: USCGC WHITE ALDER/WLM-541 7 December 1968 In memory and honor of those shipmates who loyally served the United States Coast Guard on board the CGC WHITE ALDER. They gave the ultimate sacrifice. On December 7, . . . — Map (db m126952) HM
Louisiana (East Feliciana Parish), Port Hudson — Flag of Truce
"At this junction what was supposed to be a flag of truce was raised, and the rebels, thinking it was a signal for a cessation of hostilities, ceased firing along the line, during which the regiment sought and secured a safer position not quite . . . — Map (db m100643) HM
Louisiana (Iberia Parish), Avery Island — FactoryMcIlhenny Company — Tabasco
Edmund McIlhenny concocted the now famous TABASCO® brand pepper sauce in a wooden frame building called the “Laboratory” on the Homestead grounds of the Avery McIlhenny family. A factory built in the early 1900s replaced the Laboratory . . . — Map (db m62015) HM
Louisiana (Iberia Parish), New Iberia — Bazus BuildingCirca 1880
Originally the Iberia House, the Bezus Building was erected circa 1880 on property purchased in 1868 by Laurent Bazus, a native of Vin-En-Bigorre, France. It is considered the oldest existing structure in New Iberia's downtown. Laurent's heirs have . . . — Map (db m104453) HM
Louisiana (Iberia Parish), New Iberia — Jefferson Island
Once known as Orange Island purchased after the Civil War by Joseph Jefferson (1829 to 1905), world famous actor and artist. Home designed and built about 1870. — Map (db m105148) HM
Louisiana (Jefferson Davis Parish), Jennings — Le Premier Puits de Pétrole
Le 21 septembre 1901 á Evangéline, á 5 milles au nord-est, le forage du puits no. 1 Jules Clement de la compagnie "Jennings Oil" fut terminé par W. Scott Heywood et ses associés. C'est ainsi que commença l'importante industrie louisianaise du . . . — Map (db m103076) HM
Louisiana (Jefferson Parish), Kenner — F14 Tomcat
A supersonic, twin engine fighter plane, was introduced in 1977 and was designed for reconnaissance and fleet defense of U.S. Navy carriers and equipped with air-to-ground ordinance and air-to-air missiles. — Map (db m115061)
Louisiana (Jefferson Parish), Kenner — Korean War U.S. Navy Nurse Corps
Sponsored by Kenner State Naval Museum Commission Commission Members Pan Chism Burnsed · LTC (R) Theodore R. Dunigan · Denver Mulligan · Dominick L. Seandurro · Joseph P. Sunseri · Claude Todaro · Ryan F. Uhlich Dedicated May 24, 1996 The . . . — Map (db m94575) HM WM
Louisiana (Orleans Parish), New Orleans — General Beauregard Equestrian Statue
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Louisiana (Orleans Parish), New Orleans — Metairie Cemetery
Dedicated for cemetery purposes July 2, 1872 Recognized as one of the world's most unique and beautiful cemeteries Approximately 150 acres Formerly the Metairie Race Course Scene of the famous match races between LeCompte and . . . — Map (db m87275) HM
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
Louisiana (Saint Bernard Parish), Chalmette — Plantation of Pierre Denis De La Ronde(1762-1824)
Command Colonel Third Regiment of Louisiana in the Battle of New Orleans night skirmish of December 23, 1814, fought on the grounds of this and adjoining plantations. Main house served as temporary British headquarters and hospital January 8, 1815. . . . — Map (db m99296) HM
Louisiana (Saint Charles Parish), Destrahan — St. Charles Borromeo "Little Red Church"
First constructed of logs about 1740. Burned and rebuilt, 1806. Famous riverboat landmark, twenty-five miles from New Orleans where boat captains traditionally paid off their crews. Again burned and rebuilt about 1921. — Map (db m85770) HM
Louisiana (Saint Landry Parish), Port Barre — Bayou Courtableau at Bayou Teche HeadwatersPort Barre Park — Atchafalaya Water Heritage Trail
Steamboat travel was frequently affected by low water, immovable rafts of debris, underwater snags and shifting sandbars, including one at the junction of Bayou Courtableau and the Atchafalaya River called Le Petit Diable ("The Little . . . — Map (db m114305) HM
Louisiana (Saint Martin Parish), Cecilia — Louis Hebert
Approximately 100 yards to the West is the probable resting place of General Louis Hebert, C.S.A. Born in Iberville Parish in 1820, Hebert was graduated from West Point in 1845 third in his class. After an army service of two years, he resigned to . . . — Map (db m84916) HM
Louisiana (Saint Martin Parish), St. Martinville — Alligators!Beware: Wild and Dangerous
Alligators have been around since the age of the dinosaurs. Found only in the southeastern United States, American alligators inhabit freshwater lakes, ponds, rivers, marshes, swamps, and bayous. Oftentimes you may only see their eyes, heads or . . . — Map (db m115603)
Louisiana (Saint Martin Parish), St. Martinville — St. Martinville
Side A (English) City developed c.1795 ~ c.1890 through unusual semi-feudal arrangement where town property holders paid an "annual and perpetual" rent to the congregation of St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church.

Side B (French) . . . — Map (db m66367) HM

Louisiana (Saint Mary Parish), Franklin — Charles Austin O'Niell
Franklin native, Chief Justice Charles A. O’Niell, 1869-1951. On Louisiana Supreme Court bench, 1914-1949. Stamped as one of the state’s immortals for his contributions to law in the United States and the cause of justice and freedom. — Map (db m85067) HM
Louisiana (Saint Tammany Parish), Lacombe — Abbé Adrien E. Rouquette
Abbé Rouquette (1813-1887), poet and priest, lived as missionary among Choctaw Indians in region of Bayou Lacombe from 1859 till his death. The Choctaw called him "Chata Ima," meaning "Like a Choctaw."

French: Abbé Rouquette . . . — Map (db m123582) HM

Louisiana (Saint Tammany Parish), Mandeville — Fontainebleau Plantation Sugar Mill
These ruins are all that remain of Fountainebleau Plantation, once the summer home and plantation of Bernard de Marigny. Born in 1785 to a family closely tied to the earliest colonial efforts in Louisiana, Marigny accumulated and lost a fortune in . . . — Map (db m103252) HM
Louisiana (Saint Tammany Parish), Slidell — Slidell Town Hall and Jail
Built in 1907, this building replaced the original wooden Jail and Mayor's Office. It was the Town Hall until 1954 and the Jail until 1963. The town's fire engine was located in the addition from 1928 until 1954. — Map (db m103256) HM
Louisiana (Tangipahoa Parish), Ponchatoula — PFC Raymond "Mike" Clausen, Jr.Medal of Honor USMC — 14 October 1947 - 30 May 2004
Citation For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 263, Marine Aircraft Group 16, First Marine Aircraft Wing, during operations . . . — Map (db m99704) HM WM
Louisiana (Washington Parish), Bogalusa — Robert "Bob" Hicks/ Robert "Bob" Hicks Street(Feb. 20, 1929 - Apr. 13, 2010)
Side 1 Fueled by discriminatory practices & violent intimidation that permeated his community, threatened his family & friends, Mr. Hicks developed an unquenchable thirst for justice & equality. He "sparked the spirits" of people & . . . — Map (db m103257) HM
Louisiana (Washington Parish), Franklinton — John BickhamFounder of Franklinton
In Honor of John Bickham Founder of Franklinton

In 1819 John Bickham offered to donate thirty acres of land to serve as the Parish Seat of Justice and also to provide land for the building of public schools in what is today the town of . . . — Map (db m110278) HM

Louisiana (West Feliciana Parish), St. Francisville — Courthouse1903
Site of 1855 structure damaged by Federal gunboats. — Map (db m110433) HM
Mississippi (Adams County), Natchez — 83 — Papa Lightfoot & The Natchez Blues
Side 1The rich legacy of blues, jazz, and gospel in Natchez has often been obscured by the tragic shadow of the notorious Rhythm Club fire that claimed some 200 lives here in 1940. Alexander “Papa George” Lightfoot was one of the . . . — Map (db m105233) HM
Mississippi (Adams County), Natchez — Wheaton-McGuire House - 125 St. Catherine StreetNatchez Trails
Lettie Stanton, most likely born into slavery and possibly at Brandon Hall, had a stable relationship with cotton planter William Page, who never married anyone else and fathered her two daughters, heirs to the Page estate.

Margaret Page, daughter . . . — Map (db m114292) HM

Mississippi (Claiborne County), Lorman — The ChapelWindsor Battlefield Tour
1840-51. Greek Revival. This structure, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is one of the finest Greek Revival style remaining in Mississippi. The Chapel is in the familiar Greek temple form. Its two principal floors are raised . . . — Map (db m119851) HM
Mississippi (Copiah County), Wesson — 162 — Houston Stackhouse

Front Although Houston Stackhouse never became a major name in blues, he played key roles in Delta blues history as a sideman, mentor, and influence. A constant presence in Mississippi and Arkansas blues circles for several decades, he . . . — Map (db m122613) HM

Mississippi (Forrest County), Hattiesburg — 102 — Hi-Hat Club
Side A The Hi-Hat Club, which was built at this site in the 1950s, was once an important stop on the “chitlin circuit” for African American blues and soul performers. B. B. King, James Brown, Otis Redding, Ike & Tina Turner, . . . — Map (db m118467) HM
Mississippi (Hancock County), Pearlington — H-1 Rocket Engine
Developed by Rocketdyne, the H-1 rocket engine burned liquid oxygen and propellant RP-1, a kerosene derivative. A cluster of eight H-1 engines powered the Saturn S-1B rocket's first stage, providing a total of 1.6 million pounds of thrust. — Map (db m107987) HM
Mississippi (Jefferson County), Fayette — Mississippi CollegeA Christian University
Mississippi College, in Clinton, MS, was established as Hampstead Academy in 1826. The name was changed to Mississippi College in 1830. MC became the oldest university in Mississippi and the second oldest Baptist university in the United States. In . . . — Map (db m105973) HM
Mississippi (Jefferson County), Fayette — Richard Curtis, Jr.May 28, 1755 - October 28, 1811 — Mississippi's First Baptist Preacher
Curtis migrated to Cole's Creek in Natchez District from South Carolina in 1780 and encountered Indian attacks, disease and inclement weather. Despite constant obstacles and harassment from the Spanish authorities, in 1791, he helped establish the . . . — Map (db m105823) HM
Mississippi (Jefferson County), Rodney — History of Rodney - Her RiseWindsor Battlefield Tour
The French were the first Europeans to claim this area, clled "Petit Gouffre", "Petit Golphe", "Petit Gulf", or "Little Gulf". In 1763, as a result of the French and Indian War, the area became the dominion of Great Britain. Spain captured British . . . — Map (db m119887) HM
Mississippi (Marion County), Columbia — Hanging of Will Purvis
On February 7, 1894, crowds gathered near this site to witness the hanging of Will Purvis, who had been convicted of the murder of local farmer Will Buckley. When the trap door was released Purvis fell straight through to the ground, the noose . . . — Map (db m115404) HM
Mississippi (Wilkinson County), Woodville — Wilkinson County War Memorial
Erected by the citizens of Wilkinson County in honor of all those who served in World War I - II and dedicated to those who gave their lives that freedom might live This monument also honors those of the following wars . . . — Map (db m93333) WM

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