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]

Teen-Age Center

Teen-Age Center

From “Images of America: Ville Platte”, Arcadia Publishing, 2014 by Jean Keisel and Jane Vidrine: “The Teen-Age Center opened in the 1950s in Ville Platte’s City Park. Civic clubs got together to erect the building, which had a wooden dance floor and space for tables along the wall. The Center offered food and recreation as well as dances. It also served as a meeting place ...[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]