Snake Hill to Spring Bank Introduction
Our English class of students from Groveton High School have interviewed long-time residents of the Groveton area to preserve, in detail, the historical aspects of the Groveton community.
We conducted tape recorded interviews with our narrators who were very cooperative, contributing valuable information. The interviews were transcribed and edited. During the editing process we attempted to retain the character of the narrators by utilizing the material to its fullest extent. We have tried to reproduce accurately the spoken language of the narrators.
Our title, Snake Hill to Spring Bank, originated from our first volume printed in 1975. Mr. Shepherd, one of our narrators, explains where the names originated and we include a part of his interview in this introduction:
“Snake Hill it was called. The road was tremendously crooked. That's the reason it was called Snake Hill, I suppose. It went from Saint Louis Church down Richmond Highway. There was an airport down there. Old Number 1 Highway went in back of McDonalds up by Lockheed Boulevard.
On Snake Hill there was a tremendous big tree, an oak tree. It was
sitting right at the edge of the road. A lot of people were injured,
killed, in a bus accident there. Somebody carved a great big heart on the
tree where the bus hit. It stayed there for years and years. Of course
it's gone now. The road is much different now than it was then.
Spring Bank's down a little further. There's a trailer court there now. There was a big home there and a lot of farm land. I think a family named Hardbower owned that. It was a lovely place, a beautiful place.
At one time I knew everybody that lived from here to Alexandria or that was in the sight of Number 1 Highway. That wasn't too hard to do. There weren't that many people. I was born here.”