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Upcoming Events
Murder is Served Dinner Theatre
07/31/2015 to 08/21/2015
A Funk Music Nightclub, a Drug Kingpin, a Sexy Dancer, a Hit-Man, a couple of Vengeful Women, a slew of Cops and a MURDER! It’s the late 70’s and you’re invited to celebrate the one-year anniversary of The Kitty Club... The funkiest nightclub in the city! So, put on your funky best and prepare to ‘tear the roof off’ as you groove to some funky, funky jams, solve a mystery and enjoy a delicious meal from Chef Eric Johnson. Disclaimer...this performance is rated PG-13 for:Colorful Language, Simulated Drug Use and Excessive Booty-Shaking.(Oh... And someone dies)You have been warned!

Downtown Gallery Crawl
08/6/2015
Presented by the Downtown Arts Alliance, eleven art galleries in downtown Monroe and West Monroe are open all evening for the public to enjoy great art, food, drink and music. Original art is for sale, tax free. Admission is free.

Rhea Lana's Back to School Sale
08/6/2015 to 08/9/2015
Shop quality name brands for Back to School clothes for a fraction of the price. Clothing sizes available are newborn through teen sizes. Many items will be half off on Saturday and Sunday.

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History

Ouachita Parish was established March 31, 1807 when the Territory of Orleans was divided. The original Ouachita Parish was later divided into the nine parishes that currently makeup Northeast Louisiana (Morehouse, Union, Caldwell, Franklin, Tensas, Madison, and East and West Carroll). The name Ouachita originated from the Indian tribe who inhabited the area at the time of settlement. The city of Monroe is the parish seat for Ouachita. The twin cities of Monroe-West Monroe began when Don Juan Filhiol was hired to establish Fort Miro as a Spanish presence on the north Ouachita River. Fort Miro became Monroe in May of 1819 to honor President James Monroe and the first steamboat to travel up the Ouachita to North Louisiana. West Monroe received its name in 1880 from railroad workers who needed to name a new city just west of Monroe. In 1914, Joseph Biedenharn, the first bottler of Coca-Cola, built his home in Monroe and was actively involved in the city’s development until his death in 1952. His daughter, Emy-Lou established the Emy-Lou Biedenharn foundation in 1971 to support the cultural and artistic life of Northeast Louisiana.

Monroe got its first zoo in 1924, at what is now Forsythe Park. The small zoo originally housed fifteen animals. Since the 1935 move to an 80 acre facility in southern Monroe, the zoo has grown to hold over 500 animals in naturalistic habitats and features the only boat ride in the United States that takes visitors on a tour of naturalistic island habitats.

Historically, the twin cities and the surrounding parish have been known as small farming communities; in 1925, the world’s first aerial crop dusting organization, Huff Daland Dusters was formed in Monroe. That company later became Delta Airlines.

One little known fact about Monroe is the role it played in World War II. During the war, Monroe’s Selman Field served as the largest flight navigator school in the nation. Monroe was also home to General Claire Chennault, founder of the Flying Tigers, which played an integral part in the war. You can view memorabilia of Selman Field, General Chennault, and aviation history at the Chennault Aviation & Military Museum.

In 1978, Monroe became home to one of Louisiana’s seven nationally registered castles, Layton Castle or Mulberry Grove. Although it was remodeled in the early 1900s, much of the original 19th century décor remains.

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