Dancehalls in St. Landry Parish

Whirlybird

Whirlybird

Owner, Jim Phillips: “Christy, my wife, and I became dance partners early in 1994. We frequented the dancehalls and dance venues of California’s Bay area, which was rich – we could dance 4-5 nights per week. We became involved in the social dancing scene of what we call “Louisiana French Music” and we began to travel and visit every dancehall we could find in South Lo ...[Read More]

Nick and Johnny’s

Mentioned in “Guide to Swingout in Southwest Louisiana and Texas” by Cat, published 2002: “There was not much of a (Zydeco) club scene until later, which developed more by the mid-1940s. A couple of clubs mentioned to me were Gin Side Inn in Lawtell, White Eagle and Nick & Johnny’s, both in Opelousas. Dress at the clubs might be starched blue jeans and a nice shirtR ...[Read More]

Unknown hall

Unknown hall

Probably theater- “stage & scenery, acetylene foot lights- NE corner of Main & De Jean- info from July 1907 Washington Sanborn Insurance Map, August 1912

Unknown saloon

Unknown saloon

large saloon- NW corner of Main (#515) & Sittings- gambling next door- info from July 1907 Washington Sanborn Insurance Map, August 1912

Unknown saloon

Unknown saloon

large saloon- SW corner of Main & De Jean- barber next door- info from July 1907 Washington Sanborn Insurance Map, August 1912

Unknown saloon

Saloon- E corner of St. John (#424) & Dejean Street- The Inn on W corner- info from Washington Sanborn Insurance Map, July 1885, June 1892, Sept 1898

Unknown saloon

Unknown saloon

Saloon- E corner of Washington (#616) & Dupre – was also a grocery- info from Washington Sanborn Insurance Map, September 1898

Unknown saloon

Unknown saloon

Saloon- E corner of Washington (#616) & Dejean- was also a grocery- info from Washington Sanborn Insurance Map, September 1898

Unknown saloon

Unknown saloon

Saloon- E corner of Washington & Dejean (#110)-shared space with a grocery store- info from Washington Sanborn Insurance Map, July 1885, June 1892