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The Citadel of Plain Dealing Little Mountain (September 2011)

"The Citadel of Plain Dealing Little Mountain"
By Ann Middleton

The front page of the June 30, 1960, issue of the Bossier Banner-Progress, in a lengthy description, advertised for sale lots (20 acres plus 16 owned by the writer of the article) in an area that was said to be "gradually evolving into one of the most fabulous subdivisions any town has ever offered to the public." Every type of lot was available in this area, from level to undulating. Some were forested, others clear, but all overlooked what was described as the most picturesque panorama in the Southwest. And, they were located right in Plain Dealing. Further, they were being advertised for their potentialities as a refuge for those who may have been planning shelters in time of the bomb attacks that were generally realized as a possibility at any moment.

The spot was deemed to be ideal for sheltered homes with China and Cuba "acting up like they now are" and a world conflagration possible at any time." All who could afford to do so were advised to investigate the possibilities or potentialities of this subdivision which was being developed with such a world disaster in mind.

The "Citadel" was a large area that was being set aside, the peak point for future development.

This Little Mountain is a natural fortress position overlooking Plain Dealing and during previous wars could have easily been an impregnable defense along with the Barnett and Gilmer Hills to the west, but now having escaped such an ordeal of the by-gone wars they could still be the salvation of thousands in a modern hydrogen bomb or similar destructive cataclysmic attack.

Not for advertising purposes, but for any who might be interested in the matter in hand we simply add that the lots can be arranged for now.

However it is the beauty of the vast panorama and a vision into the future of the Citadel Hill that we direct all to consider.

To those who do not know where the Little Mountain is: north of Plain Dealing, west of the A. W. Phillips and north of the W. H. Bounds estates.

To further entice buyers, the article went on to note that, from this area, the red sky line of Shreveport could be seen at night on the south, with the hills of East Texas on the west, Persimmon Orchard Hill and the Duddridge, Arkansas area to the north and the Springhill Paper Mill sector to the east.

To read more about this proposed 1960 "Citadel" as well as other interesting elements of Bossier history, visit the Bossier Parish Library Historical Center.