Work to begin on Capt. Daniel Goos statue on lakefront
(Source: Archives and Special Collections at Frazar Memorial Library, McNeese State University)
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -
Construction will soon begin on the statue of Capt. Daniel Goos for Memorial Point on the Lakefront Promenade.
The statue and all construction costs are being funded by the Goosport Graveyard Endowment. The Lake Charles City Council formally accepted the donation at a regular meeting in 2015.
“This project was sponsored by the Goosport Graveyard Endowment Fund for the Captain Daniel Goos memorial on the lakefront. It is quite gratifying to see such strong community support on behalf of this very worthwhile project to honor one of Lake Charles’ founders,” said Mayor Randy Roach.
Upon moving to the area, Goos established one of the city’s first industries - a steam-powered sawmill on the Calcasieu River banks. He utilized his own schooners to ship lumber and other timber products to the port in Galveston. He'd then return with boats full of goods that he would then sell to Lake Charles merchants.
Janie Stine LaCroix is the statue's sculptor. Project architect is J. Everett Schram, and contractor is Rock Cloud Construction.
Construction is estimated to last two months and won't affect traffic on Bord du Lac Drive or other lakefront activities, city officials said.