The Vickers House (c.1870) is a story-and-a-half frame late Greek Revival residence located in the small rural community of Alto. Although there has been a rear addition, the house itself has been little altered over the years. The Vickers House is constructed with a pegged frame; however, much of the actual structure is board and batten.
The Story of the Bell at the Richland Parish Courthouse
The bell, from 1881 to 1950, hung in the belfry of the old courthouse building and it was almost lost when the old building was demolished to make way for the present structure. For the price of $50.00 it was redeemed from the contractor and has been stored in the parish highway barn awaiting the time when sufficient public Interest would demand Its restoration.
The Building of Courthouses in Richland Parish (and the Courthouse that Never Was)
Richland Parish has had a total of three courthouses since it’s founding in 1868. All three of these courthouses were located in the same location as the present courthouse.
Jesse James – Incidents in the Life of the Dead Bandit. Recalled by a Lady Friend
This is an account of an encounter by a young woman who claims to have seen Jesse James and to have had an encounter with him in Delhi, Louisiana. The Times-Democrat. New Orleans,… Read More
Poplar Chapel A.M.E. Church in Rayville, constructed ca. 1901
This church was destroyed within the last twenty-five years, but it’s history was and still is a cherished one. It was placed on the National Register of Historic places back in 1989…. Read More
The Hon. John Ray, James Ray, Henry Bry, and Other Early Distinguished Settlers in Northeast Louisiana
The article below was printed originally in The Ouachita Telegraph on August 25, 1888. It details how this early settler in Northeast Louisiana came in contact with Davy Crockett in Little Rock… Read More
The Crew Lake Horror
This is a great story written by a local historian, Lora Peppers, about a convict camp that was once located in Crew Lake. It ran in Louisiana Road Trips and was titled… Read More
Wiley P. Mangham – The Tragedies and Success of a Soldier, Pioneer, and Publisher
Wiley P. Mangham, the namesake for the Town of Mangham, Louisiana, was an instrumental figure in late 19th century Richland Parish. Mangham was well known across the entire state, and established the… Read More
History of Providence Baptist Church of Alto
There is an old jingle that goes like this, “Backward, turn backward, O Time, in your flight, Make me a child again, just for tonight.” May we paraphrase this by saying, Backward, turn backward, O time, just for today, Give us a view of Providence Church along history’s highway.
The Wynn Island Plantation, The First 150 Years
I recently came across an old printed copy of this story, and decided to transcribe it for interested readers. Many of the people mentioned as living are now deceased. The article was… Read More
Man Arrested For Attempting to Wreck Mail Train Near Girard, May 12, 1887
I came across this newsclip recently, and thought it was interesting. There are two separate articles in this 1887 Ouachita Telegraph, from May 21st. Here is the second clip. As the article… Read More
Attempt to Assassinate Mr. S.D. Brame Near Delhi – May 12, 1887
I came across this newsclip recently, and thought it was interesting. There are two separate articles in this 1887 Ouachita Telegraph, from May 21st. Here is the first one. The first article… Read More
Richland Police Jury, 1885
These Rayville citizens are shown in front of a public building around 1885. Back Row, from left are Mr. Choat [NOTE: William Franklin Choat], Ward Munholland, Willie Mann, Will Traylor, John Summerlin,… Read More
Richland Resident Insults Oak Ridge Native in 1881
Richland Resident Insults Oak Ridge Native I recently came across this while looking at old clips of the Ouachita Telegraph from 1881 and thought I’d post a copy of it. Below the… Read More
Deadly Fire in Rayville, June 06, 1888
The Daily Picayune, (New Orleans, LA) Wednesday, June 06, 1888 Rayville La, A fire which destroyed considerable property and how the hotel was saved. June 3, Special–This morning about sunrise the usually… Read More