Historic Downtown Monroe Humble Beginnings Monroe traces its origins to Fort Miro and its associated Spanish Post. In 1782 Spain Commissioned Don Juan Filhiol to establish a fort along the Ouachita River. Fort Miro was built in 1790, and became the center of commerce and activity for residents. In 1811 Filhiol donated a parcel of land to serve as the courthouse site. The town began to develop around the courthouse square. Major processing center for cotton and cotton products.
Historic Downtown Monroe A City is Formed Monroe was granted a charter as a town in 1820 and incorporated as a city in 1871. History books provide two theories on how Monroe adopted its name. President James Monroe -Steamboat Monroe Two pre-1890 buildings remain in the district, Clerk of Court’s office and the Isaiah Garrett Law Office
Historic Downtown Monroe Period of Industrial and Economic Growth Railroad Construction Population Growth Mayor Andrew Forsythe “Father of Municipal Ownership Ouachita Coca-Cola Bottling Company Monroe Natural Gas Field Municipal Street Railway System St. Francis Medical Center Delta Air Lines
What Happened to Our Downtown? Increased Automobile ownership led to the relocation of many businesses. Twin City Shopping Center. Sears Roebuck and JC Penny where the first to relocate Eastgate Plaza. One by one businesses began moving from Downtown to other lying shopping centers on Louisville Avenue
Cultural Events Committee ‘Tis the first weekend in December and all through the town several events are happening everywhere you look around. Working to create a calendar of events. Promotional Process Support Existing Events Attract Tourist
Our Time is Now! (Support Organizations) City of Monroe Downtown Economic Development District Monroe Chamber of CommerceMonroe-West Monroe Convention and Visitors Bureau Monroe Renaissance University of Louisiana at Monroe Northeast Louisiana Arts Council Louisiana Tech School of Architecture Monroe Jaycees CenturyTel Opus Broadcasting The News Star Historic Preservation Commission North Delta Planning and Development
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