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SP Depot

SP Depot Five years after the University Farm opened in 1908, this Mis- sion Revival station was built by Southern Pacific to replace the original Davisville depot, which had served passengers since ...

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      Mackinac Island

      In 1670 a Jesuit priest, Father Claude Dablon, wintered here. The British in 1781 made it a center of their military and fur-trade activity. The island was occupied by the Americans in 1796. Held by ...

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      • michigan histor...

      Pine Grove

      This was the home of Moses Wisner and his wife, Angeolina Hascall. From 1859 to 1861 Wisner served Michigan as governor. He was born in New York, came to Michigan in 1837, and shortly established a ...

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      The Courthouse / Oakland County

      The first Oakland County courthouse, built about 1824, was located on the corner of Saginaw and Huron Streets on land given by the Pontiac Company. The log first story housed the jail, while the ...

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      Maine

      SPANISH BRONZE CANNON CAST AT SEVILLE, FEBRUARY 9, 1787 DISMOUNTED ROM FORT TORO, GUANTANAMO BAY CUBA, IN BOMBARDMENT BY U.S. NAVY, JUNE 1ST, 1898 RECOVERED JUNE 7TH 1899, BY LIEUT. COMMANDER ...

        William Henry Stark

        A native of San Augustine County, William Henry Stark (1851-1936) lived in Burkeville and Newton before moving to Orange in 1870. Here he worked in the early area sawmills and became acquainted ...

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        The Great Fire of Algiers, 1895

        In the early morning hours of October 20th, 1895, on the 300 block of Morgan St., near the corner of Bermuda St., a fire started that would eventually destroy about 200 homes and businesses in ...

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        • disaster

        Duverjé Plantation

        Algiers Point evolved from the plantation of Barthelemy Duverjé. The Duverjé home was built c. 1812-16, and served as the Algiers Courthouse from 1866. It was destroyed by the Great Fire of Algiers ...

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        Enslaved Africans

        In the 1720s, at a spot of land now eroded by the river, stood the barracks where enslaved Africans from the Senegal-Gambia region, were held before being ferried across the river to the ...

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        Riverside Addition: World War II Housing in Orange

        The second World War catapulted Orange into a period of unparalleled industrial growth. In 1940, as the nation prepared for possible entry into the war, the U.S. Navy Office of Shipbuilding ...

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        U.S.S. Aulick

        On September 9, 1940, a federal contract worth $82 million was issued to the Consolidated Steel Company to construct 12 Fletcher class naval destroyers here in Orange, Texas. This and other contracts ...

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        Levingston Shipbuilding Company

        In 1859, three brothers, Samuel, David and John Levingston, arrived in Orange from Ireland and purchased an existing shipyard, where they built wooden ships for more than thirty years. The some of ...

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        Office of the Supervisor of Shipbuilding and Consolidated Steel Corporation

        Orange's location at a bend in the Sabine River, adjacent to the immense virgin pine forests of southeast Texas, made it an ideal site for shipbuilding. However, by 1930 all of the easily obtainable ...

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        Lagrange High School

        In 1903, Mesard LaGrange donated an acre for a one-room schoolhouse at this site, and in 1913 offered to donate 9 more acres for an expansion of the school. The School Board at the time offered him ...

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        St. Charles Academy

        The original site of St. Charles Academy was the northeast corner of Ryan and Kirby, part of the Roman Catholic complex of church, convent and school destroyed in the Great Fire of 1910. Opening in ...

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        Louisiana Baptist Orphanage

        Area congregations constructed a two-story orphanage in 1899 that housed up to 150 children at a time. This location was selected for the wholesome, rural character of the setting. The landmark ...

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        • church

        The Arcade Theatre and Miller Building, the Paramount and the Weber Building

        Four important landmarks once stood here, part of an unbroken line of buildings from Railroad Avenue to Clarence Street. The Weber Building housed professional offices and was the center of ...

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        Ball's Auditorium

        One block from this site stood Ball's Auditorium from 1945 to 1995. Here, Reginald Ball, Sr. operated a trade school to help returning World War II African- American veterans obtain jobs through ...

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        • music
        • entertainment

        The City of Emeryville Child Development Center

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        Lost Railroad Stations

        At least four railroad stations were located in Lake Charles, all of which have been lost. On Railroad Avenue at Bilbo were passenger and freight stations (circa 1880) for Louisiana Western Railroad, ...

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        First Baptist Church of Orange

        In 1879 the Rev. Andrew Peddy helped organize this congregation with 18 charter members. They met in the frame Orange County courthouse and were served for a time by missionary preachers. Sarah A. ...

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        • church

        United States Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility

        At the termination of World War II, the United States had the largest naval force of any country in history. Prudent military leaders decided against scrapping surplus vessels, in favor of preserving ...

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        Weaver Shipbuilding

        Joe Weaver established Joseph Weaver and Son Shipyard in Orange in 1897. George Levingston, later founder of Levingston Shipbuilding Company, acquired an interest in Weaver and Son in 1898, and the ...

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        The Original Teddy Bear

        According to a famous story, a Louisiana Black Bear was the inspiration for the first “teddy bear.” In 1902, President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt was hunting in Louisiana and Mississippi. The hunt ...

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        • new orleans

        Caroline Durieux

        Caroline Durieux, a well known lithographer and social artist during the 1930s and 1940s, was Director for the WPA Federal Art Project for Louisiana and a Louisiana State University professor of Fine ...

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        Swamp People

        The people of south Louisiana stem from many diverse and varied ethnic backgrounds. The cooking, music, dancing, and folklore of this region reflect their origins in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the ...

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