Garyville Historic District - Garyville, LA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member scrambler390
N 30° 03.500 W 090° 37.100
15R E 729604 N 3327640
Quick Description: Historic District of Garyville, LA is very easy to find and walk. Buildings I photographed was the Gary Bank and the Timbermill Museum (Not opened) and a few local homes. Small town.
Location: Louisiana, United States
Date Posted: 10/31/2008 5:49:52 PM
Waymark Code: WM52HN
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:
Very nice small town feel in this historic district. It's a shame there really is not much to do but walk and look. No shops, museums or visitor centers. There is a small local eatery called "Fat Cats" directly across from bank. Had some nice locals in there and all were very pleasent and had many stories. From one of them, The Gary State Bank closed in the depression (as alot of small banks) and never recovered. The main buisness in town was the timbermill. It too closed soon there after and the town never was able to recover fully. The Timbermill Museum never opened.
Here is link for Wiki Article Wiki
Here is the brief history, taken from the Register application.
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The Garyville Historic District recognizes the importance of industrial lumbering in Louisiana and the scores of mill towns which assisted in that industry's growth. The district is rooted in the St. John the Baptist Parish village of Garyville, which was founded as a mill town by the Lyon Cypress Lumber Company in 1903. Although Garyville has lost its mill, railroad depot, commissary, hotels, boarding houses, community center, and some examples of its housing stock, it retains its small commercial district, its rare livery stable, its Catholic rectory, several avenues of rare worker housing, and the equally rare and original Lyon Company headquarters building. It is these significant buildings upon which the historic district focuses. The structures, with one exception of frame construction, date from the founding of Garyville by Lyon Lumber Company in 1903 to 1931, the year the company ended production. Louisiana has very few even partially complete mill towns remaining in its landscape, so Garyville's importance as an illustration of mill town life and worker lifestyles is considerable. Thus, the district retains its National Register eligibility despite its losses.
Street address:
Garyville, LA USA

County / Borough / Parish: St. John The Baptist

Year listed: 1990

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Event. Industry

Periods of significance: 1900-1924, 1925-1949

Historic function: Commerce/Trade, Domestic. Sub - Business, Single Dwelling

Current function: Commerce/Trade, Domestic. Sub - Business, Single Dwelling

Season start / Season finish: From: 1/1/2008 To: 12/31/2008

Hours of operation: From: 9:00 AM To: 5:00 PM

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Privately owned?: Not Listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
Please give the date and brief account of your visit. Include any additional observations or information that you may have, particularly about the current condition of the site. Additional photos are highly encouraged, but not mandatory.
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