People from all around gathered to watch as holiday lights were turned on Friday evening in Fisher.
An opera house, church, post office, company office building, and general store, all built in the early 1900s, have survived the woes of history and are decorated each year for the winter holiday season.
These historic structures are in danger of eventual collapse due to lack of preservation efforts.
“I wish we had the funds to upkeep them,” Fisher Councilman and Heritage Foundation member Johnny Moxie said. “I also wish more people in the community would take interest in these buildings and try to bring a solution for this.” Moxie believes that they will eventually be left to perish.
Out-of-towners are intrigued and impressed by these historic structures, Moxie said. But the local community is so used to them, they don’t seem like anything special; just old buildings taken for granted.
The Fisher Opera House, pictured, was built in 1912 by the Long Leaf Lumber Company. It was converted into a movie theatre in the 1920s— the first in the area.
People came from Leesville (via train), Natchitoches, Many, and Mansfield to see movies in the opera house— the only "picture show" in this part of the state. It was also utilized by touring troupes from the Chautauqua circuit who put on plays and stage shows.
Stage celebrities played one night stands as they journeyed by train between Kansas City and Port Arthur, Texas. It has been reported that famed country singer Hank Williams performed there as well.
The opera house is now owned and maintained by the Fisher Heritage Foundation, organized by residents in the early 1970s.
Boise Southern transferred nine-and-a-half acres to the foundation, including a two-story office building, the commissary building, opera house, post office, paved parking lot, and a park.