Fishville (French: Poissonville) is a tiny community in Central Louisiana. In the 1950s, 60s and early 70s, Fishville was a popular Summer spot for the surrounding area (especially in the days before the widespread use of air conditioning), including Alexandria, Louisiana, where hundreds of people would come out to the country to enjoy the cold creeks, roller skating, or just relaxing at one of many camp houses located along the numerous lakes, creeks, and streams, throughout the surrounding woods of the Kisatchie National Forest.
Fishville was a Southern archetypical community. Young men and women met daily at "Dean's Hole" at the intersection of La. Highway 8 and Exchange Club Road. The swimming hole had been improved by local residents with sides shored up against erosion, and steps built to allow easy access to swimming. A rope hung from a dead tree at bank side, and swimmers swung from the rope to the center of Big Creek and jumped in.
At night, particularly on Saturday night, many gathered at the Fishville Skating Rink, formerly known as Slick's Skating Rink. The juke box played great 60s hits like "Wooly Bully" while skaters enjoyed the rink. Others gathered outside to enjoy visiting and chatting and comparing muscle cars
On Sunday, most went to church. St. Edward's Catholic Mission was serviced by a priest from Colfax or Tioga. Protestants attended other services. The only newspaper available on Sundays was the New Orleans Times Picayune, which could be bought in Pollock, LA at the Indian Inn. Most stores were closed on Sunday, due to blue laws.
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