|Monroe streets reminiscent of people, places, events|
The names of pioneer settlers and other great people in history as well as parishes have been used to designate streets in areas of Monroe other than the older more familiar historic districts.
Monroe has managed to keep its heritage in other parts of the city other than downtown. College Town and the Forsythe Subdivision are just two of these areas. In the College Town area we find Monroe's family names-McGuire for Dr. Robert Forbes McGuire and Louise Lamy McGuire, Breville for Breville Breard, Cole for John Cole, Filhiol for Don Juan Filhiol and Betin for Charles Betin. There is Hypolite Street named for Jean Francois Hypolite Pargoud, and Armand after Armand Breard.
There are also streets names for Presidents Madison and Lincoln, Louisiana Governor W. C. C. Claiborne, a Confederate hero, Cameron, explorers DeSoto and de La Salle (LaSalle), and even a street named after the famous kite-flyer, Benjamin Franklin.
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Ron Downing, a local historian and businessman, received the 2005 A. O. Evans award for his
contributions and commitment to maintaining the historical significance to our community. When he is not researching local historical events or designing floral arrangement at his shop, R. Downing, Ltd., Ron dotes on his two grandsons.