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The historic Oakland Cemetery located at Grand Avenue (now Elvis Presley Blvd.) and Milam Street. Look to the right of the photo and you will notice what looks to be a stately home. According to noted Shreveport hsitorian Eric Brock it was the St. Matthew Methodist Church which stood until 1926 when the Municipal Auditorium was erected. Many of Shreveport's early leaders and founders are buried in the cemetery. The electric streetcars in Shreveport were in place prior to their counterparts in New Orleans. (All images on this page are from the Ernie Roberson Collection)

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Caddo Parish Courthouse before 1905 without the Confederate Monument. Old jail can be seen at right side of photo. This courthouse was demolished in 1926 and the present Courthouse erected in 1928. Hangings of sentenced criminals took place on the 8th floor of the courthouse. The last hanging in the Courthouse was in conjunction with one of the city's most notorious murders. Any guesses on the case? Send your comments to destindreamer@hotmail.com ( If you like old postcards, search for seller "vuky14" on www.ebay.com.)

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Milam Street one block west of the Courthouse about 1930. The Majestic Theatre sign is visible where the vacant Selber Bros. building stands on the southwest corner across from the Courthouse. The Palais Royal sign is visible on the opposite corner. The tile marker for the front door entrance to Palais Royal is still intact at the corner. The old Ward Building located on the corner of Marshall & Milam is visible past the oak trees. It nows houses the Caddo Parish offices of the District Attorney, Registrar of Voters and the Facilities & Maintenance office of the Parish Commission. The Giddens-Lane Building is visible on the right side.

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The Caddo Parish Jail was located on Milam Street at the southeast corner of Milam and McNeill where Arkla/Reliant Gas was located. The jail shown in this view opened in 1906 and was torn down in 1929 according to Eric Brock. A previous jail built in 1871 was located on the same site. At one time in the 1950's a major apartment complex was planned for this site however, those plans were scuttled. Looking for Old Shreveport postcards? Check out booth # 201 along the west wall at River City Antique Mall-6363 Hearne Ave in Shreveport.

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Vintage view of the pre-1928 Caddo Parish Court House showing the Ward Building to the right which is at the corner of Marshall and Milam. The Ward Building had a patio style design and was an open roof building at one time. Presently it is the Francis P. Bickham Building and houses the Caddo Registrar of Voters and District Attorney's offices. The oak trees around the Court House square were transplanted by Caddo District Judge Thomas Fletcher Bell, Sr. from acorns in the New Orleans City Park, site of numerous Creole duelling matches. (Additional information supplied by Eric Brock)

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The COLUMBIA CLUB  was located in the 300 block of Milam on the south side. It  stood where the parking lot of the post office is located. The club opened in the 1890s but did not survive the Depression. According to Eric Brock the facade was changed and it was an insurance company before being demolished in the 1960s.  If you like old postcards visit my ecelctic booth # 201 in the RIVER CITY ANTIQUE MALL-on Hearne Ave in the Sunset Shopping Center, open daily phone (318) 621-1009 for hours. It is full of old books, paper collectibles, postcards, vintage photos and souvenirs.