Wednesday, January 2, 2019


Plain Dealing Library Collection: 1997.064.014

The August 19, 1954 issue of Bossier City Planters Press related the opening of a roadside park in Red Land.

“In Northern Bossier Parish in a shaded glen near the Plain Dealing—Springhill highway is a lovely roadside park.  This park is the realization of a dream by the ladies of the Red Land Home Demonstration Club who say a need for this type of recreation facility and set about to build it.”

“Husbands were enlisted (as husbands usually are on projects of this nature) and an undeveloped site was transformed into an inviting oasis for relaxation, laughter and fellowship.  The husbands were rewarded for their labors by being made honorary members of the Home Demonstration Club and by obtaining use of the park for activities.”

“Before the barbecue pits could be built bricks and other material had to be purchased.  The club held a successful apron sale and dedicated the proceeds to construction of two barbecue pits.”

“The day the club met to build the sun beamed down with a fury that sent the mercury up to 106 degrees.  Undaunted by the record heat these determined souls found shaded spots and started building.”

“Land for the park was leased from G.W. Roberson.”

“The opening of the park was held July 13th.  For this gala occasion the members baked pies which were auctioned off by the famous auctioneer, Bruce Cartwright.  They then prepared a lovely salad plate which was sold to 137 visitors.”

“They had previously arranged lights and had the meter installed.  Mr. Shay Sawyer came with his loud speaker and furnished music between short talks, announcements, comments of appreciation to Mr. Roberson for the land and the singing of old favorites led by F.G. Phillips.”

“A metal barrel has been provided for the rubbish.  Everyone is invited to use the park and enjoy keeping it clean.”

“The 137 visitors, according to Mrs. Alfred Farrington, President of the Club, contributed $163.00 for the purpose of adding other conveniences.”

G. W. Roberson frequently sold property to oil companies.  It is likely that the property where the Red Land Park was located was ultimately sold to an oil company.

By: Ann Middleton

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