Crowley celebrates 125 years
CROWLEY - On January 4, Crowley will hit a new milestone as it celebrates the 125th anniversary of its founding.
In honor of the occasion, Crowley City Hall will host an open house that day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the public to visit the museums which feature the highlights of Crowley’s history. The “birthday party” kicks off a year-long series of events to promote the city’s history and culture. Crowley City Hall is located at 425 North Parkerson Avenue.
Visitors will enjoy a self-guided tour of the four museums housed at Crowley City Hall including the History of Crowley Museum, the Rice Interpretive Center, the J.D. Miller Recording Studio and the Crowley Motor Company Museum. Two films, one on the rice industry and one on the music industry in Crowley, are available for viewing. The museums showcase numerous interesting artifacts of Crowley’s past.
Mayor Greg Jones added, “This is a very special occasion for our city and it is important for us to emphasize our unique history for today’s residents. Our city hall is a tribute to our accomplishments over the last 125 years and we want the citizens of Crowley to come and experience it. If someone hasn’t visited our city hall, this is a great opportunity to do so.”
In 1887, C.C. Duson and W.W. Duson began work to develop a community around what was the railroad switch known as Crowley Switch. Crowley was named for Patrick Crowley, the Irish contractor who graded the roadbed from Lafayette to the Sabine River for the Southern Pacific Railroad. The community quickly grew and attracted new settlers from all over the country. In the 1890s, the local rice industry emerged and before long established Crowley as a world leader in the international agri-business market.
As Crowley looks to the next 125 years, it stands poised for significant positive growth built on the foundation of its past achievements, the redevelopment of Historic North Parkerson Avenue, the city’s thriving commercial sector, private investments into historic and cultural preservation such as the Grand Opera House of the South, and the expansion and development of the city limits north of Interstate 10.