“OLD TOWN” Coushatta Resurfaces!  

From Twin Blends Photography

“OLD TOWN” Coushatta Resurfaces!                   

Did you know that most of what was called “Old Town Coushatta” is now a part of the Red River? Yep, that’s right, the mighty Red River swallowed up a lot of this “wild west” looking town right after the turn of the century. Fire after fire destroyed many of the buildings and the final nail in the town’s coffin came when the railroad came through about a mile east. That’s when the businesses moved  to where they are now in order to be closer to the railroad.

Since our dad’s family is from Coushatta, and they almost assuredly shopped in Old Town, we thought we would travel to the Red River Parish Library and do some investigating! We uncovered tons of old photos of the town and to top it off, Maxie Almond and Bobby Yarborough brought us a map of Old Town that blew us away! It shows all of the old business that have been lost to time. Well, we decided to bring the Old Town back to “the surface” by overlaying the old map over a Google Earth Shot from today! With that being said, the next time you drive over the Coushatta bridge just imagine the town below you underneath the flowing waters of the Red!!


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