Opelousas, LA St Landry Parish Courthouse Fire, Mar 1886


NEW ORLEANS, March 22. -- The courthouse at Opelousas, La, was burned to-day with the all the valuable records of the Supreme Court of Louisiana. The fire was incendiary in its origin and is believed to have been started for the purpose of destroying records in the courthouse on which important suits depend. There was a large amount of ammunition stored in the building by the Opelousas Rifles, whose armory was there, and this exploding in volley after volley kept the firemen from work. The loss is $50,000 and valuable documents that cannot be replaced.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 23 Mar 1886