Old Vernon Parish sawmill town to be remembered Sunday - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Old Vernon Parish sawmill town to be remembered Sunday

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VERNON PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

History will be remembered at the Fullerton Reunion on Sunday at the site of the old mill town, now in a remote section of Kisatchie National Forest's Vernon district.

Once a year, former Fullerton residents, most in their 80s, and those interested in history gather to share stories and photos over a picnic lunch.

Fullerton, established around 1906, once had as many as 5,000 residents. It was said to be the largest pine sawmill town west of the Mississippi River.

The sawmill town boasted hotels, a commissary, movie theater, bank, bakery, schools and even a Ford dealership.

The height of the town was in World War I.

The town dried up when the pine resources in the area were depleted, around 1924.

Everyone is invited to Sunday's event. For more information, call the Vernon Parish Tourist Commission at 337-238-0783.

Find out more about Fullerton HERE.

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