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DeQuincy Centennial Celebration

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The DeQuincy News joins with the City of DeQuincy in celebrating the Centennial of the City of DeQuincy.

DeQuincy owes its existence to the railroads. The original townsite was laid out in 1896 and 1897 when the main line of the Kansas City, Pittsburg and Gulf Railroad reached here. Over the years the railroads -- the Kansas City Southern and Union Pacific Railroads -- have provided employment for several generations of DeQuincy residents and have been a mainstay of the local economy.

DeQuincy was also known as the Turpentine Capitol of Louisiana in the early 1920's, thriving off what the sawmillers left behind in the forest - the big litter pine stumps. Once the cut-over "stump land" was cleared, the area was used for farming, cattle, and horses.

A dozen of DeQuincy's historically or architecturally significant houses and buildings have been selected by the DeQuincy Centennial Historical Preservation Committee to be featured as a part of the city's Centennial Celebration. All of the selections are historically significant based on association with an important person, event, or development in the community or architecturally significant based on a particular style or type. In addition to being featured in the DeQuincy News, individual fact sheets will be available to the public and historic signs will be displayed at each property to identify the site for a planned drive-by self-tour on Oct. 4.

Preservation Committee members are Gary Cooper, chairman, Sadie Abdalla, Lauretta Fluitt, Myra Hennigan, Raymond Lowery, Ronald Mazilly, Harry Methvin, Lola Mitchell, and Carla Robertson.

We invite everyone to come and help us celebrate our heritage and traditions, visit our beautiful Railroad Museum, and enjoy our centennial programs, Homecoming events, and great food!

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