Old Gravel Point Cemetery

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Old Gravel Point Cemetery

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Frierson, De Soto Parish, Louisiana, USA Add to Map
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An unmarked and pretty much forgotten DeSoto Parish cemetery that was almost razed last year during a pipeline crossing project has been restored to a condition likely not seen since its creation more than 150 years ago.

The rediscovery of the Old Gravel Point Cemetery sitting on a bluff along Bayou Pierre in the Frierson community also reconnected descendents of several of DeSoto Parish's pioneer families. And along with it, historians learned even more about the history of the region.

"This cemetery is along a cotton road where people would travel to take their cotton to Gravel Point to a steamboat," said Gary Joiner, a local historian who was enlisted as a consultant to research the cemetery. "This area was there in the 1820s, no later than 1840s. It's when people started coming into this region, even before Shreveport. This is an old, old community. It was a pioneer trail."

Joiner heaps praise on how ETC Tiger Pipeline handled the situation. "They did everything right every step of the way" from rerouting the pipeline, "which cost them a ton of money," to erecting an iron fence and gate around the cemetery boundary. Each gravesite is marked with a 3-foot tall metal cross, and an historical marker noting the final resting place of members of the Dupre, Lafitte, Prudhome, Rambin and Williams families also was added.

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  • Added: 17 Jan 2011
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