Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Historic Green Space Cate Square Hammond, Louisiana, 1861

Blogger's Note: Located in the heart of Downtown Hammond, Louisiana, Cate Square is an historic green space that holds a lot of clues to the early back story of the city.  We delve deeper in to the beauty of the area and the notable historic occurrences that helped shape the story of the City of Hammond.

(Above): Historic marker caption reads, "The home of Charles Emery Cate, C. E. Cate first settled here in 1861 and erected a saw mill, a tannery, and a shoe factory which supplied many shoes for the army of the C.S.A. (Confederate States Army).  After the Civil War, he played a major role in planning and promoting the town and in establishing its first school and church. (Documented by Department of History, Louisiana State University)”
(Above) One of two bronze statues in Cate Square Park in Hammond, Louisiana has a plaque with caption that reads, "Walter A. Reed, M. D. 1879-1945, Dr. Reed was the first African-American physician within Hammond and its vicinity. He represents the spirit of personal accomplishment and dedication to the community, which serves as an example to all of us.” Toward the end of the war, Cate laid out the city grid, using the rail line as a guide and naming several of the streets after his sons.


(Above): The Cate Square Gazebo is a popular destination for picnics and special events held by the city.

(Above): To remember the fallen - A soldier's boots, helmet, dog tags and rifle sat outside the gazebo during the POW/MIA Remembrance Day ceremony at Cate Square to remind those passing of the soldiers who didn't make it home.

 (Above): Plenty of space in the park for relaxing, reading a book, or taking in the sites.

A great stopping point on  the way to visit Albany Woodworks!