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Lake Charles History- The Bilbo Cemetery

During the month of October and Halloween  there is an increased interest in ghosts, haunted houses and cemeteries.

Lake Charles, LA is full of history and colorful stories of  Pirates along the Bayous and Lakes, as well as our founding fathers.   At the end of the Lake Charles Boardwalk and Veterans Memorial Park, you will find Bilbo Cemetery.  This is a Lake Charles LA landmark that many residents and visitors exiting off of I-10 drive by on a daily basis.  I decided to make a special trip to Bilbo Cemetery to get a up close and personal view!  

Although I am not aware of any paranormal activity in Bilbo Cemetery and did not discover any ghosts;    what I did discover was a beautiful statue of Jesus and a little bit of  Lake Charles  history to share!

Through the gates of Bilbo Cemetary you will find the grave of  John Jacob Ryan one of the Founding Lake Charles Residents .

John Jacob Ryan is one of the Lake Charles founding fathers.  Mr. Ryan was a lucrative  planter, mill owner, merchant,  and contractor. He first entered the sawmill business by leasing a mill erected  near a bluff on the Calcasieu river and shortly afterwards built his  own mill on the lake bank where warehouses and rice mills were later erected. Fire swept away his fortunes three different times.

Mr. Ryan was  also elected to the legislature and served in the term of 1866-67.

Mr. Ryan’s life, is  most well known for his connection to Lake Charles which he helped to build.  Jacob Ryan and Samuel Kirby donated the land  on Ryan Street where the  Calcasieu Parish Courthouse was built and stands today.

The Bilbo Cemetery is located adjacent to Veterans Memorial Park in Lake Charles.  

One of the unknown Lake Charles landmarks people know about is probably this lovely statue of Jesus which graces the Bilbo Cemetery and that my friends  is not spooky at all.

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