Thursday, January 3, 2013

Photo of the Month - January

We are excited to bring some new content to our blog! Watch as we select a "Photo of the Month" and an "Artifact of the Month" - we hope you will enjoy getting a peek at images and items in the Historical Center's collection. We start by featuring January's Photo of the Month. This image from the January 20th, 1948 issue of The Shreveport Times shows a wintery scene on Texas Street. 
The Planters Press gives a good description of the rare snowstorm, which was the heaviest snowfall since December of 1929. "This recent snow totaled about 10 inches. Accompanying the snow was a sharp drop in temperature..." Cinders and salt were sprinkled on this new bridge over the Red River and police officers were stationed at the approaches to guide and caution the traffic. Schools in Bossier Parish were closed for three days as a safety measure. 

The snow interrupted the March of Dimes campaign for six days and caused Bossier City restaurants to postpone their Coffee Day benefit. (On Coffee Days, local merchants contributed their coffee sales to the March of Dimes.) 

The Freedom Train arrived at the Louisiana & Arkansas railroad depot on Marshall Street just in time for the storm. Many visitors braved the cold and ice to see the historical documents and artifacts displayed within the train cars. Luckily, the cars were properly heated and comfortable! In spite of the winter weather, the line of visitors extended about two city blocks, with as many as 1000 persons forming the line at one time.

Do you think this January will bring Bossier any snow like this?

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