Long Lost Lake Charles Directory From 1895 Found in California
Back in 1910, a great many records were lost for all time to a fire that consumed downtown Lake Charles, but now, a rare City Directory of Lake Charles has been found in a library in California that provides a fascinating glimpse into our city circa 1895.
A copy of this directory was a whopping $2.50 back in 1895. that translates to about $70.00 in today's money. Very few people had telephones, however, here are a few businesses with phone numbers listed. For example: Thompson and Loree Grocers had a phone. Their phone number was '86.'
If you had ancestors living here, you'll be able to see about where they lived. I say, 'about', because there are no street address for individuals, just street names.
The directory also contains a history of Lake Charles that, in 1895 at least, was current.
This rare book turned up in 2010 in the Sutro Library of San Francisco, California. Thanks to John Sellers, a genealogical speaker, who uncovered this book and arranged for there to be a copy at the Calcasieu Public Library.
Enjoy this glimpse into a lost part of Lake Charles history.