Cost: $99 Frames
Canvas reproduction of a portion of an original painting, framed. One of a series of Historical Abbeville (Louisiana) paintings by the artist.
[Historical accounting by Ken Dupuy, paraphrased]
In the early 1900’s, before Abbeville had electricity full time, residents were supplied with electricity mainly at night. In the summer there was electricity provided for people to use electric fans.
Around 1915, some of the townspeople began to pursue the idea of lighting up Magdalen Square and the Courthouse Square. The city fathers donated their March salaries toward the lighting of Magdalen Square – $10 for the mayor and $5 for each of the councilmen. However, money for only two poles on this square was raised. They were placed at each end of the sidewalk which runs east and west across the Square.
In addition, four such lampposts were installed at the Courthouse Square, paid for by the police jury. A total of only 6 lampposts were installed in the City of Abbeville.
All but one of the six lampposts were discarded. The only surviving unique lamppost can be found today on the northwest corner of the Courthouse Square. As it did in 1915, this lamppost continues to light up that corner.