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Lost Landmark Trolley Tour September 26th

A string of ceremonies will unveil new signage to mark three Lost Landmark sites on Saturday September 26, 2015 according to CHPS advocacy chair, Adley Cormier. The Lost Landmarks project identifies and tells the story of lost but important structures in Calcasieu history.

Custom-made metal markers will be unveiled and dedicated at the original sites of LaGrange High School, of the Louisiana Baptist Orphanage, and of the lost railroad stations. At each site, there will be a dedication, and a short history of the site will be told. Individuals with personal stories or recollections of the sites are welcome to share oral histories.

CHPS invites the interested general public to the events which will begin at 10:00 AM with complimentary coffee and donuts at the Transit Center Pavilion, Clarence at Ryan Street in downtown Lake Charles. The City of Lake Charles Transit Department will provide trolley bus service to the individual sites for the ceremonies. Boarding for the events will begin at 10:15 AM and spaces are limited. There will be an on-board docent. Individuals may also travel to the sites on their own.

The location of the original LaGrange High School is the northwest corner of Ryan and School Streets. Hosting the sign is Coyote Blues restaurant. Expected time of ceremony is 10:30 AM.

The site of the Louisiana Baptist Orphanage is the block surrounded by Kirkman, Seventh, Bank and Ninth Street. Hosting the sign is St Louis Catholic High School. Expected time of ceremony is 10:50 AM.

The site of the Missouri-Pacific station (one of four lost train stations in Lake Charles) is the southeast corner of Ryan and Clarence Streets. Hosting the sign is the Safety Council of Southwest Louisiana. Expected time of ceremony is 11:15 AM. Following the ceremonies, the public is invited to lunch on their own and explore the newly revitalized downtown Lake Charles and Hurricane Day events at the Civic Center.

Lost Landmarks is an ongoing heritage project of the Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society and was funded in part by a tourism development grant from the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau, administered by the Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana. In 2014, CHPS unveiled “Lost Landmark” signage at the site of Ball’s Auditorium, that of the Majestic Hotel, and the 800 block of Ryan Street, site of the Arcade Theatre, the Weber Building, the Miller Building, and the Paramount.