"Built about 1715 by request of Saint Denis to halt the Spanish expansion eastward. Natchitoches Indians, allies of the French, gave their name to the city."
The Louisiana State Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, presented the town of Natchitoches with two bronze historical markers in November of 1934. One was placed at the entrance of the American Cemetery marking the site of Ft. St. Jean Baptist; and the other at the corner of Front and Church streets, marking the site of the tomb of Louis Jachreau St. Denis.
Natchitoches was featured in the Julia Roberts film Steel Magnolias.Natchitoches was first settled by the French and named for a group of American Indian tribes and is the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase territory.
75th Anniversary of St. Denis Chapter
On April 23rd, the chapter honored Shirley S. Potts by placing a DAR marker on her headstone in the American Cemetery. She was the founding Regent in 1935.
We also honored our most distinquished member, Becky Page Luster, with a special exhibit in the archives room of the NSU Watson Library. A most interesting program on Mrs. Luster's DAR service was given by her son, John Luster. Shown at right, is the exhibit.
Natchitoches Area & Cane River
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