Dancehalls in Evangeline Parish

Teen Age Center

Terry McDaniel: “I’m from Pine Prarie, which was somehow a dry ward in the 1950s. The Rock Island Line railroad ran south through Turkey Creek, Pine Prairie, Easton, and Barber Spur on down to Mamou. Before anyone could drive, my buddies and I would jump onto south bound train cars and jump off in Mamou. We’d walk over to the Teen Age Center and go to dances. We’d usually j ...[Read More]

Unknown Dance hall

Unknown Dance hall

Unknown Dancehall located across from the Evangeline Parish Courthouse on Court Street between 1st South Street West and 2nd South Street West- info from 1938 Ville Platte Sanborn Insurance Map

Unknown Dancehall

Unknown Dancehall

Dancehall on east side of Court Street (then 212-219 Court) across from Evangeline Parish Courthouse- had wooden posts- info from 1938-1944 Ville Platte Sanborn Insurance Map

Unknown Dancehall

Unknown Dancehall

Dancehall on northeast corner of Coreil Street & 1st South Street West (then 132-134 Coreil) info from 1925 Ville Platte Sanborn Insurance Map

Woodsmen of the World

Woodsmen of the World

Woodsmen of the World Hall that held dances on Cotton W- also called 2nd South – between High School Drive & W. Railroad Av. S. (then #111) info from 1938-1944 Ville Platte Sanborn Insurance Map

Evangeline Club

Evangeline Club

From Facebook group “Cajun French Virtual Table Francaise”: Herman Miller: “(I) Remember going there in late 50’s. Had a low age set for entering, just pay at the door, and they stapled a ticket on your shirt collar. You could go in and get to the bar from the dance hall to get beer. The band had a singer and guitarist with missing fingers on his left hand however; still pl ...[Read More]

Fais Do Do

Possibly the annual Cotton Festival street dance: Listed in “Readers recall clubs where they danced to Louisiana Music” from The Daily Advertiser, December 29, 1998: “Readers of The Daily Advertiser were asked to submit names of’ the clubs where they danced to Louisiana music in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, with a brief recollection of what the club was like and who played ...[Read More]