Again, people do not realize how totally different Caddo was in past years. I have four more fire articles sitting on my desk and many, many more in my files. Houses, businesses, barns, churches, and schools have all vanished from the landscape of this community and county because of fires.
The Caddo Herald
January 7, 1927
Rice Store burns Monday Morning
Monday morning at 6:30 o’clock the store of C. H. Rice was destroyed by fire. Nothing was saved of the stock of groceries.
Loss on store and building was about $6,000. Insurance $2,000.
There was but little breeze stirring during the fires, else another story would have been told as a south wind would have spread the flames to the business part of town and might have destroyed all buildings on the south side of Buffalo Street.
Mr. Rice built this room about four years ago, and has conducted a general merchandise business.
March 11, 1927
C. H. Rice builds a Nice Tourist Camp
On the ruins of his store building, C. H. Rice is erecting several nice cottages for campers. He also is setting out shade trees and fixing other conveniences of those who travel in cars. Located on Main Street which also is the No. 75 Highway, this place is handy for all tourists.
It is close enough to town- just one block- for those who camp there to do their shopping easily.
Charlie Rice also has a good stock of groceries in the shed toward town, making it convenient to shop there. He has a filling station too, so that when all is completed the place will be very attractive to anyone.
Caddo has long felt the need of such a place close-in so that tourists would stop and trade in Caddo. Every encouragement should be given Mr. Rice for his enterprise.
Mr. Rice plans to make a nominal charge for use of his tourist camp. Most tourists prefer to pay a little and be assured of reasonable protection than to patronize a free park where protection is lacking.
There are others in Caddo who could emulate the example of Mr. Rice by doing something to attract people to the town.