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James Larkin January 16, 1998
James Larkin collection, 1998.004.003
The September 8, 1949 issue of The Plain Dealing Progress heralded the building of 103 new homes in Bossier City.

“Plans for a $750,000 building project which will provide 103 new homes for Bossier residents have been announced by Madden and Larkin, Bossier City building contractors.”

“The houses will comprise a new subdivision on the Minden Road approximately half a mile east of the intersection of the Benton Road. The houses will face Clarence, James, Howard, and Ronald streets and Lincoln Drive.”

“The area is adjacent to Bossier City’s present city limits. Incorporation of the new subdivision into the city limits is pending.”

“J.L. Larkin said Tuesday night that it is hoped that the first of the houses will be ready for sale by the latter part of October.”

“The houses will be priced from $7,000 to $7,900. They will be two and three bedroom houses with lot frontage varying from 65 to 75 feet. Larkin said that a variety of types of fronts are planned for the houses, in order to prevent monotony in appearance. Designs for fronts include varying use of stone, frame and brick.”

“The houses will be built in the increasingly popular ranch style. Some of them will have porches, some breezeways and some will have [a] side patio.”

“Larkin said that when the subdivision is opened streets will have sidewalks and curbs. Power lines will run along the rear of the houses.”

By: Ann Middleton

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