One of the Echoes of Our Past in the Minden area is the once thriving communities that are now gone or are greatly diminished in size. Communities such as Yellow Pine, Buckhorn, and Grove that once had their own post offices are now incorporated clusters of homes. Others such as Overton, once the Claiborne Parish seat, have completely vanished.
However, we have some communities that did not disappear from natural forces. In the summer of 1941, the United States government began construction of the Louisiana Ordnance Plant in western Webster and extreme Eastern Bossier Parish. The removal of the residents from the area of the plant marked the end of several small communities. Among those communities is the topic of today's column, Gum Springs.