Remembering Minden: Echoes of Our Past

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History Press, 2009 - History - 128 pages
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Once called the "Eden of the New South," Webster Parish grew from a small settlement on the western edge of America's frontier into Louisiana's land of plenty. Flyers attracting new settlers advertised running springs, fruitful soil, "robust" citizens and "more sunshine than Italy." In this collection of his popular "Echoes of Our Past" columns from the Minden Press-Herald, resident historian John Agan captures some of the most striking stories from Minden's memory. Alongside portraits of early downtown Minden and its charming, brick-paved streets, Agan chronicles the 1933 tornado that ripped the city apart, the tragic Mardi Gras fire of 1923 and an exciting nineteenth-century duel between two prominent Minden citizens.

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John Agan is a native an life-long resident of Minden, Louisiana. He earned a BA in History, an M.Ed. in Social Studies, and an MA in History from Louisiana Tech University. Currently he serves as instructor of History and Political Science at Bossier Parish Community College and is the official parish historian for Webster Parish, Louisiana. His column, "Echoes of Our Past" has appeared in the Minden Press-Herald for the past eight years. Agan is the author of three books on the history of Minden with Arcadia Publishing.

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