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Forts Randolph and Buhlow Gain Funding

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Just a few months ago, things looked bleak for Pineville's state park. Louisiana's government was cutting funds across the board, forcing seven historic sites to close as a result.

But, today, the Civil War-era site is on pace for a fall opening. Thanks to the efforts of another state organization.

"This was too important a project to let sit around for two years," said Ken Guidry, executive director of the Red River Waterway Commission.

The RRWC put up more than $250,000 – two years worth of funding.

Pineville Mayor Clarence Fields believes the park will be a big boost for the regional economy.

"It'll draw people from north to south, to this location. It's going to have a great impact on Pineville's Main Street area and other initiatives were working on relative to the riverfront," said Fields.

And now that the site has funding, it's looking for people.

"On staff now, we have two with two more to come. We should be interviewing in a couple of weeks or so," said Don Fontenot, park manager.

Forts Randolph and Buhlow are located on the Red River. They were built to hold off attacks by Union soldiers. The site also includes the remains of Bailey's Dam.

"There are going to be displays about the red river campaign and Bailey's Dam. Also displays about civilian life, nurses during the Civil War. It's going to be a pretty thorough display," said Fontenot.

The two forts are set to open this fall. When an exact date is announced, we'll let you know.

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