I had brought my camcorder and Donnie made a video of me talking about Champaignolle and what a thriving community it used to be due to its site on the Ouachita River.
Champaignolle was at one time called Scarborough Landing after the family that originally founded the town. The place grew and became a settlement that catered to the Ouachita River traffic moving south to New Orleans.
The town once had a jail, hotel, courthouse, a merchantile store, land office and post office. I can picture the boats pulling into shore to get supplies or food for their continued journey down river. Each boat’s arrival must have been treated as a special event in the town. I can vision town’s people coming out of their houses and places of business to view the new arrivals; renew old friendships; and conduct business transactions.
In the 1840’s the town’s name was changed to Champaignolle possibly to honor an old French hunter/trader that was known in the area in the early 1800’s.
The town was to see hard times during the Civil War.