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What's Your Story: The history of Crowley

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"What's Your Story" made its way to Crowley this week looking for a story. While there, we stumbled upon  Charlotte Jeffers who not only told her story but the story of Crowley itself. 

Jeffers is the Tourism Coordinator and the Historic Rice Theater coordinator for the City of Crowley.

"We say our birthday is January 4th, 1887 and it's because the first store opened there," says Jeffers. 

The story starts at the very beginning of Crowley from the moving of a railroad switch.

"First building ever moved on this railroad, and it sounds impressive moving a building but when you see it it looks more like an outhouse. This little building right here that's the switch station," Jeffers explains. 

From the birth of Crowley, we make our way through old photographs, and talk about some of the city relics that range from the Sunday
church goers to some of the vices from the rest of the week

The tour of the museum also included some of Crowley's past and current industry.

"This is what we call the Ford Automotive Museum," Jeffers says standing in the building Crowley City Hall now inhabits.

 It was once a place where you could buy a new Model T, right after they assembled it

"To ship more cars at a time he'd send them unassembled along the railroad they'd pick them up they'd put them on the elevator take them upstairs and then they would put the parts back on, " Jeffers says.

Of course, no visit to Crowley is complete without mentioning Crowley's famous crop.

"Rice is rice, they always want to know what kind of rice is brown rice, but it's all brown rice until it's milled," Jeffers says.  

Even though rice is Crowley's biggest export, it's easy to argue that there's another Louisiana export that has captured the imagination of the world. World famous Louisiana music, and Crowley has certainly been home to it's fair share of jams. 

"It was in here, there is where the music recording studio was and because of that four lane highway you needed to block out the sound and they did record mostly at night," Jeffers says as she shows us around the building. 

The tour wrapped up in what used to be the old JD Miller Recording Studio, which is next to where they used to assemble and sell Model T Fords, 
one floor above the Crowley History Museum. All that found above the Rice Interactive Center, all inside Crowley City Hall.

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