Firefighters and Baseball at the LeTourneau Plant

I liked these two photos because they show a little of the everyday life of those in the LeTourneau community.

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Bus Service from Downtown Vicksburg to LeTourneau

There was bus service from downtown Vicksburg to the LeTourneau plant in 1946. There would be around 100 Tournalayer homes created but many people still lived in Vicksburg while working at the plant.

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LeTourneau Chapel at Vicksburg

I am still pouring over the images of the LeTourneau Vicksburg Community and will upload more as well.

The first images are of the “Elephant Train” that took men to the Mississippi River site. Chapel was also held near the water’s edge as well as at the LeTourneau Plant in Vicksburg. The first images of chapel being held at the river and the second set are of chapel at the plant.

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The Elephant Train heading to the Mississippi River from the LeTourneau plant. Circa 1957 (Click on any of the images to enlarge)

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Chapel at the Mississippi River 1956-09-12

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Chapel at the Mississippi River 1956-09-12

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Chapel at the Plant Circa 1954

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Chapel at the Plant Circa 1954

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Chapel at the Plant Circa 1954

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2014/01/02 · 9:46 pm

The Community at “LeTourneau” Vicksburg

Jean-George Walters of Vicksburg recently reminded me about the closeness of the people within the LeTourneau community. I have been doing research on the structures themselves and the “tools to make the things.” What can easily be overlooked from the archives are how close the community was and how many of the relationships still carry on today. The community had a swimming pool, baseball courts, tennis courts, laundry, and plenty of hills to bicycle. There were always people tuning-up cars, installing air conditioners and dryers, babysitting, and people to give a ride to the store. Some of the closeness was almost forced due to the close proximity of the Tournalaid houses, the party-line telephones, and the fact that everyone knew everything about each other because they all worked at the plant. Notice that it was called a plant and not a factory. My mother and father are still very close to the people that they lived near at “LeTourneau.” LeTourneau was called Glass, Mississippi before LeTourneau arrived to establish his fourth United States plant. After LeTourneau arrived, the name Glass soon fell into disuse

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Tennis Courts

Tennis Courts

1955-04-14 Mr RG and Clyde Wilson In Pool

1955-04-14 Mr RG and Clyde Wilson In Pool

1955-04-14 Children from the hill enjoying the pool. Note the Tournalayer in background

1955-04-14 Children from the hill enjoying the pool. Note the Tournalayer in background

1955-04-14 Swimming Pool with Laundry to right

1955-04-14 Swimming Pool with Laundry to right

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LeTourneau and His Airplanes

LeTtourneau Airplane Research LINK to 6 page PDF

Recently napoleanbony replied to a post asking about a B-26 and I mistakingly thought that he was looking for information and pictures for one of LeTourneau’s models of machines. As it turns out he was asking for information on the Douglas B-26.

I had found a little information on the airplanes (see photos). I had researched the airplanes of LeTourneau a little as that is how LeTourneau often viewed the landscape, not from the ground view but from the bird’s eye view.

After researching LeTourneau archives for many days, I was focused on the housing systems developed by R.G. LeTourneau.

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Conference Paper for the ACSA: Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture

Today I finished and submitted my final paper to ACSA Houston conference in a month. This paper is one of the four chapters of my dissertation – The Machine and the Craftsman in Modern American Architecture: Tournalayer Housing in the 1940s. Here is a link to the finished paper: http://www.greenboarstudio.com/uploads/2011-09-06_ACSA_Paper-Houston-EverettHenderson.pdf  Earlier in this blog I uploaded the Abstract with reviewer’s comments. The one image I changed out from the original abstract was the experimental house: the Igloo as it was referred to in Vicksburg.

The Clover aka The Igloo

The Clover aka the Igloo - Experimenta lconcrete housing in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Note R.G. LeTourneau in the doorway inspecting the pour. February 1944. Image courtesy of LeTourneau University Archives.

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Old Courthouse Museum Archive Research – LeTourneau, Vicksburg

Here are a few images from The Old Courthouse Museum archive. They are specifically LeTourneau / Vicksburg images of the Tournalayer neighborhood. Note: you can select the image to zoom as well. I have inserted them at a higher resolution.

" RG LeTourneau Jumping into pool at Vicksburg" aka "Tournapool"1955

"Mr RG arives to christen pool" on reverse called a "Tournapool" 1955-04-14

Interior of Tournalayer House - Vicksburg - 1955-10-04

"Eddie Florrell New House" 1956-01-14

Interior of the LeTourneau Grocery Store 1955-08-26

New Years Greetings - LeTourneau News Pamphlet - Note Vicksburg Only. January 1, 1966

Tree planting in front of the Tournalaid houses.

Vicksburg - LeTourneau, Mississippi - Entry Gate

1950s Aerial Showing the Tournalaid housing (Detail) The Tournalayer forms can be seen at the lower left and the vegitated roofed house can be seen in the middle.

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