Museum of West Louisiana

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Celebrate 150 Years of Vernon Parish! Find out more about Louisiana's Legend Country!


The Neutral Strip existed outside the governance of either the United States or Spain until 1821.


The International Boundary Marker, also known as the Republic of Texas Granite Marker, is a boundary marker located on the Louisiana-Texas border near the junction of Texas FM 31 and Louisiana Highway 765, southeast of Deadwood, Texas. The marker was created in 1840 and placed in 1841 to mark the international border between the United States and the Republic of Texas. The survey which established this border lasted from May 1840 to June 1841; the survey team faced hazardous, swampy conditions in their work and were forced to take several extended breaks due to weather and a lack of funding. The boundary marker is the only marker remaining from the Texas border survey and is one of only two known international boundary markers located entirely within the United States (the other being a much older and humbler stone near Mobile, Alabama).

The property of the 3 acres (1.2 ha) area is shared between DeSoto Parish, Louisiana (1 acre) and Panola County, Texas (2 acres), with the marker itself being a direct property of U.S. Government

The marker was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 13, 1977.


Have you ever explored Wolf Rock Cave in Kisatchie National Forest? It’s a quick hike and a very cool spot to explore. 📸: instagrammer


Louisiana's inland lakes, swamps, bayous, coastal waterways and rivers offer a variety of paddle experiences for you to enjoy.


The historic Vernon Parish Courthouse is the only Beaux-Arts building in the parish. The stuccoed masonry courthouse is Classical Revival in style. Described as being built in the shape of a Greek cross. It has four monumental pedimented porticos on the four sides of the building. Between each, small wings project diagonally at each corner, giving the building an "X" shape. It has two main floors, and a third floor Baroque domed cupola with a clock on each side. All four clocks are controlled by a small electric motor. The cupola once housed the large bronze bell that now hangs in the gazebo on the lawn. Originally constructed of tan brick, the building was later painted white.

The entrances on each side of the building are flanked by colossal composite columns topped by elaborate pediments bearing floral decorations. On the ground floor is found a wide central hallway. The central portion of the upper floor contains the courtroom. Projecting from each corner on both floors are small office wings.

Much of the interior has been renovated over the years, but some original elements remain. The Vernon Parish Courthouse, located at 201 S. 3rd St. in Leesville, Louisiana was built in 1910. It was proudly listed on the National Register of Historic Places September 22, 1983.


Northwest Louisiana lay largely undeveloped until Captain Henry Shreve cleared the Red River of a massive log jam from 1833 to 1838.


The Museum is closed until further notice in an abundance of caution concerning COVID-19. We apologize for any inconvenience.


This entry covers the prehistoric Marksville Culture during the Middle Woodland Period from 1–400 CE


The Slagle community is one with a strong bond amongst its residents. One resident, in particular, wants to do everything he can to be a resource to his


The Battle of New Orleans was the final major engagement of the War of 1812.


Chuck Ellis says, "The old logging trucks were badass." Thanks for sharing.




The Museum will be closed for the rest of the week in celebration of Thanksgiving. We will reopen Tuesday, Dec 3rd at 1:00 pm. Yall have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.


A recent announcement made by Kansas City Southern gives Leesville residents a holiday treat to look forward to this December.


BIG BOY STEAM ENGINE - In honor of the 150 th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. The world's largest steam locomotive, a Union


On November 4, 1969, students are at Vernon High School were told to wear their best clothes to school tomorrow for picture day.


The “Hanging Jail” in Beauregard Parish offers architectural history and decades of ghost stories


For over a century, Leesville and DeRidder have taken the field to create one of the premier area rivalries.


Caddo people began to inhabit the Red River valley approximately 2,500 years ago. Around that time, the ancestors of the southern Caddo began to settle in permanent villages, build the first mounds, cultivate plants, and develop the use of ceramics.


Another one from Pat McFatter Shirley. “McFatter Grocery Store in Leesville.” Photo made 1928-1934. Mrs. Shirley brought this in, along with others, on a recent “Scanning Saturday.”


It's that time again!! Get your scare on at the 2019 edition of the Gothic Jail after Dark Haunted Attraction. New haunts, new scares and new fun!!! For more information contact us at 337-463-5534..........they'll be waiting for you!!!


A look from above the historic Holly Grove United Methodist Church and Cemetery in Anacoco, Louisiana (Vernon Parish). The Church and adjacent Cemetery grounds are amazing.


"Longism" refers to both the political machine and the radical populist doctrine established by Huey Long in Louisiana in 1928.


Even though it seems early, Kansas City Southern has announced the upcoming schedule for their Holiday Express train.


Native-born and out-of-state photographers alike have been drawn to Louisiana's swamps and bayous, its historic architecture, its Cajun and Creole cultural traditions, and its diverse and complex society.


803 S 3rd Street
Leesville, LA

Opening Hours

Tuesday 1pm - 5pm
Wednesday 1pm - 5pm
Thursday 1pm - 5pm
Friday 1pm - 5pm
Saturday 1pm - 5pm


(337) 239-0927


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I think Harvey washed up the port side of a 26 foot flatboat onto the south shore of lake Anahuac.