Historical Gallery

DeRidder and Beauregard Parish are rich in history. This site will show exemplary events and people of this splendid parish through stories and pictures.

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  1. Governor Sam Jones

    Governor Sam Jones

    Governor Sam Jones was a native son of Beauregard Parish, but no evidence remains of the old home place.

  2. Lieutenant Governor Lether Frazar

    Lieutenant Governor Lether Frazar

    Lether Edward Frazar was the Democratic lieutenant-governor of Louisiana from 1956 to 1960.

  3. Bob Blankenship

    Bob Blankenship

    Bob Blankenship entered military service in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1942 he was stationed at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana. Lieutenant Blankenship saw combat action during World War II in the European Theater of Operations with the 82nd Airborne Division.

  4. Courthouse & Old Jail

    Courthouse & Old Jail

    In 1906 the Hudson River Lumber Company (Long-Bell) donated to the Methodist Church the 2 lots on the northeast corner of the present courthouse square.

  5. Tommy Allen

    Tommy Allen

    On most Saturday nights in the Sixties many of us would have our radio tuned to WWL, the giant radio station out of New Orleans. Few college football games were broadcast on television, so on those cool crisp nights everyone in DeRidder would be glued to the radio, listening for the exciting voice of John Ferguson saying, "Trigger Allen up the middle for 15 yards!"

  6. Beauregard Training School

    Beauregard Training School

    When former students stand on Martin Luther King Drive and gaze at the Beauregard Parish Training School, they fondly remember the education that was received in that old stucco building.

  7. Carson Sawmill Town

    Carson Sawmill Town

    Known as a pretty village, Carson was another sawmill in the DeRidder hub of sawmills. It was located on Louisiana Highway 27 about 5 miles south of DeRidder, at Cowpen Creek and founded in 1901 by the Central Coal and Coke Company of Kansas City.

  8. Chris "Red" Cagle

    Chris "Red" Cagle

    Born in DeRidder Louisiana, Chris Cagle was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame 1954.

  9. Cottage Sanitarium

    Cottage Sanitarium

    The Cottage Sanitarium served as DeRidder’s 1st and only hospital for a quarter of a century.

  10. DeRidder Army Airbase

    DeRidder Army Airbase

    The Beauregard Airport has a long and colorful history.

  11. Historic Downtown DeRidder

    Historic Downtown DeRidder

    Take a trip back in time with these images of DeRidder's historic downtown.

  12. Historic Gothic Jail

    Historic Gothic Jail

    Browse photos of the Historic Gothic Jail.

  13. Irwin Thompson

    Irwin Thompson

    Senior staff photographer Irwin Thompson joined the Dallas Morning News photojournalism staff in April, 1990. Before coming to Dallas, he was a staff photographer at the Times-Picayune in New Orleans (1987-90) and the News-Star in Monroe (1984-87).

  14. Johnny Jones

    Johnny Jones

    Johnny Jones, a member of 2 LSU NCAA Final Four teams as a player and assistant coach, was named on April 13, 2011, as the 21st men's head basketball coach at LSU by LSU Vice-Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva.

  15. Life in Beauregard Parish

    Life in Beauregard Parish

    Take a look back in time at life in historic Beauregard Parish.

  16. Longville

    Longville

    In 1906 Robert A. Long and Victor B. Bell of the Long-Bell Lumber Company came to southwest Louisiana and specifically to an area where a town was to be constructed bearing Mr. Long's name - Longville - to prospect for "Gold."

  17. Ludington Sawmill

    Ludington Sawmill

    In 1905 southern enmities toward the northern states, particularly those of ex-Confederate veterans were still quite strong. Ludington was viewed as a "Yankee” town because its founders and stockholders were from the states of Michigan and Wisconsin. The company chartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin, as Ludington, Wells, and Company arrived in the area in 1889-1890, bought up about 62,500 acres at $1.50 or more per acre, and waited another five years for the railroad to arrive.

  18. Mel Branch

    Mel Branch

    We all remember the movie, The Right Stuff, about the original seven Mercury astronauts. DeRidder High School graduate, Mel Branch, had the right stuff.

  19. Schools in Beauregard Parish

    Schools in Beauregard Parish

    Browse a photo gallery of historic schools, and school groups, in Beauregard Parish.

  20. Sugartown 1954

    Sugartown 1954

    The general consensus is that Sugartown became what could be called a permanent settlement around 1825.

  21. United Service Organization (USO)

    United Service Organization (USO)

    The construction of Camp Polk, DeRidder Army Air Base and the big Louisiana Maneuvers of 1941 brought 400,000 men to this rural area.

  22. DeRidder Mayors

    DeRidder Mayors

    Meet the Mayors who have served DeRidder throughout the ages.

  23. I Remember - WWII

    I Remember - WWII

    Learn about World War 2 from the perspectives of people who served from DeRidder.

  24. Sports

    Sports

    Review the DeRidder natives known for their prowess in sporting events.