A visit to Camp Livingston and the Camp Beauregard Museum highlight the overwhelming military presence in central Louisiana during the second half of the 20th century.  I have heard stories from a friend of the family about the numerous camps and troop movements throughout CenLA during World War II, including Camp (Ft.) Polk and Camp Livingston.










Camp Livingston



Camp Livingston is a de-commissioned military base currently part of the Kisatchie National Forest. It is managed by the US Forest Service.  You can contact the Kisatchie National Forest Headquarters at  2500 Shreveport Highway Pineville, Louisiana 71360-2009 Phone: (318) 473-7160. http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/kisatchie/contact/index.html



The following information on Camp Livingston is available online:

A good overview from Louisiana Military Heritage website http://www.usskidd.com/heritage-bases.html managed by the Louisiana Naval War Memorial Commission;  an article from The Town Talk (Alexandria Newspaper) http://www.thetowntalk.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070415/COMMUNITIES/704120341/1079

; and two articles on WinnFreeNet:http://camp-livingston.winnfreenet.com/

and http://camp-livingston.winnfreenet.com/range.php


The only specific Forest Service information I could find online was the following:  http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/kisatchie/images/Brochures/OHV_Meeting_Brochures/Catahoula_RD/Livingston_Trails_Brochure.pd

Reliable information is difficult to find online. Camp Livingston is located about 75 miles from NSU http://tinyurl.com/kpq4hr


Based on the information available online, I doubt there will be much in the way of an interpretive center. I hope that we will find some portions of the camp well-preserved with some public interpretive materials, but expect most of the area of interest to fade into the surrounding fauna.






Camp Beauregard Museum

Camp Beauregard Museum is run by the Louisiana National Guard. Its official title is the Louisiana Maneuvers and Military Museum. Not to be confused with Civil War Ft. Beauregard (a Confederate earthen redoubt overlooking the Ouachita River in Harrisonburg, Catahoula Parish), Camp Beauregard is an Army National Guard base in Rapides Parish. It is located at 409 F Street, Camp Beauregard, Pineville

http://tinyurl.com/ncmdhx about 61 miles (just over 1 hour) from NSU.





The Army National Guard has a poorly maintained website, http://www.la.ngb.army.mil/dmh/immm.htm




The website lists hours as M-F 7:30AM- 4 PM and contact information: 318-641-8333, jbmuseum@la-arng.ngb.army.mil





Based on the website, I expect a small military museum, maintained by the military where reveille is sounded daily and taps is rarely heard. It will inevitably act as an apology for the heavy military presence- occupation- in the area, tugging on the heartstrings of American Patriotism and the purse strings of a region with little economic development. This, like most military museums run by the military be an “emic”” interpretation,  raison d’être war and occupation.