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Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society

Lost Landmarks by Year

Trolley Tour Photos

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Original LaGrange School on Ryan

The historic marker for this lost landmark is located near Coyote Blues Restaurant in the 3600 block of Ryan. 

Original LaGrange High School

The site for the school was donated by Mensard LaGrange. He donated an acre for the purpose of a school.

The school encompassed all grades.

In April, 1928, the Calcasieu Parish School Board announced plans to build a new set of schools at this site.

The school was completed in 1929.

Leslie Norton was the principal.

Two weeks before graduation in 1931, fire caused the buildings to burn.

CHPS Trolley Tour-15Central station firemen were unable to fight the flames because the school was nearly two miles south of the city limits and no fire plug connections were available. The school was rebuilt exactly as it was before the fire. 

The above photo appeared in the LaGrange yearbook, The Resume, in 1948.

The building was the original location for LaGrange High School and later served as the LaGrange Elementary and Junior High School.


LaGrange High School Students at original location on Ryan

The caption for this photo:

"Caption LaGrange High School students dressed in uniform and standing in rows (possibly a Junior ROTC group).

Photo taken from the school looking down at the lawn.

Across the street is Ottjes and Lust Food Store on South Street (now Ryan Street).

Handwritten on reverse: “1942 South Street (Ryan) Shirley Sweeney Patterson.

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Image Sources

CHPS gratefully acknowledges the McNeese Archives and the Louisiana Digital Library as the source for many of the photos in this section of the website as well as other photos throughout

Over 5,000 images can be found within the digital library, especially in the "Historic Photographs of Southwest Louisiana" section. Many come from the Maude Reid scrapbooks that document much of life in Southwest Louisiana during the early 1900s. 

The Calcasieu Parish Public Library retains ownership of the Maude Reid Scrapbooks. The Scrapbooks are under indefinite loan to the McNeese State University Department of Archives & Special Collections.

Long time CHPS member Virginia Webb served as photographer for the Trolley Tour.