Mentioned in “Louisiana Fiddlers” by Ron Yule and Bill Burge: Country, swing, and old time fiddler Ray Beebe played there in 1960 in place of Leon Melder when Melder’s hand was out with a cut hand. Country and western swing fiddler Jack Kay played there in the mid 1960s. Eddie Friday also played at the family style dances held there at this popular spot.
Dancehalls in Rapides Parish
Mentioned in “Louisiana Fiddlers” by Ron Yule and Bill Burge: Country fiddler Bob Henderson played there in 1948 & 1949.
Alton Dupuy: It was an old, straight-board, unpainted honky tonk in the mid 1950s. Chester Lachney was the band leader, his brother Herman, and JT Guillot played with him. I don’t remember there being Cajun music- just old country. The owner, Dauzat, died and they shut the place down. There is a house there now where it used to be.
Newspaper item about a dance there, 1902: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn88064176/1902-11-08/ed-1/seq-1/
218 Johnston- beetween 2nd & 3rd- “Drink Beer- Don’t drink Water”
GG Shin’s place
2721 Lee Street
14th & Kelley- F.F. Chauffepied
1024 2nd Street, “Beer, Liquor, Wine, Pool & Dominoes- A friendly place to meet”
From old matchbook: Lee St. Extension- Hwy 71- “All soldiers welcome- terminal bus passes every 40 minutes”