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An early photo of downtown Opelousas shows the courthouse square on Landry Street. For over two centuries the courthouse square was the gathering place for most of the town’s activities. This 19th century photograph shows a group of citizens coming together on the square, facing Landry Street, for a special Opelousas event. (Carola Lillie Hartley collection)

In the above photo: At look down Landry Street from the St Landry Parish Courthouse Square, probably taken in the first years of the 20th century. Pictured is part of the block from Court to Market streets is to the far left the Robert Chachere Building. The big building in the center of the picture is the Landau Building that at one time housed the Jacobs News Depot. (Carola Lillie Hartley collection)