Thursday, May 19, 2016

Barker's Corner History

Covington Magazine had a great article about the history of the Barker's Corner business community a few years back. 

CLICK HERE for a link to the PDF file of the article. 

Barker's Corner is the intersection of La. Hwy. 437 (Lee Road) and Hwy. 40 (The Bush Folsom Road). It is located about seven miles north of Covington and is home to Lee Road Junior High School. 

The school celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 1991, and its 75th anniversary on Thursday, October 13, 2016. CLICK HERE for pictures of that event, as well as links to many photo albums of pictures across the years.

Here is a link to the school's 50th anniversary program held in 1991 (a PDF file) and the associated history of the school. 

Here are some images of the Lee Road School. Click on the images to make them larger.

The construction of Lee Road School in the late 1930's.

Below is a pictorial map of Barker's Corner I drew in 1984. 
Click on the image below for a larger version. 

Aerial Photographs

An aerial photograph I took of Lee Road School in 1975.
An aerial photograph of Lee Road School in 2005.

An aerial photograph of  Lee Road School in 2016, from Google Maps

Lee Road School 2022 view looking southward

An aerial photograph of Barker's Corner in 1975 looking northward. A higher resolution version of the above photograph is available by clicking on THIS LINK.
Charles Sterling took an updated picture of Barker's Corner on January 29, 2021. Click on the photo below. 

In 2019, Frances Barker visited the Lee Road Junior High School educational exhibit at the St. Tammany Parish Fair. The exhibit contained many old photographs from school classes, a great deal of information about the tung oil industry north of Lee Road, and a mock up of the entrance to Atwood Barker's General Merchandise Store, a community focal point for many years. (Photo by Ron Barthet)

In 2016 Mrs. Frances Barker, center above, was special guest speaker at the school's 75th anniversary, telling of its history and importance to the community. 

Photos from 2018:


You might also enjoy reading the names of all the 4-H Club members back in 1931. Below is the link to that blog post.