During the 1920s the United States enjoyed a period of economic prosperity that sparked the development of boosterism – promotion of one’s town – to an unparalleled level. Sinclair Lewis used the ideas behind boosterism in both Main Street and Babbitt. However, locally the spirit of boosterism had been well-developed much earlier. Today’s Echo will look at an example of local boosterism from 1903, when Webster Parish tried to sell itself to the world.
By 1903, Minden and Webster Parish was experiencing growing pains along with the rest of the nation. In 1893, at the