Historical Carthage park entrance gate again damaged by tractor-trailer

A tractor-trailer knocked off the wrought iron sign from the Davis Park historical entrance gate in Carthage on Thursday.

A historical entrance gate at Davis Park in Carthage was once again hit by a tractor-trailer — except this time the wrought iron sign was almost completely torn off its foundation.

Carthage police received a call about the damage just after 11 a.m. Thursday.

“He went down Market and turned onto North St. Mary and, in effect, you’ve seen what he’s done to the sign. Totally destroyed now,” Assistant Chief Blake Smith said.

The tractor-trailer was an Ivan Smith Furniture truck, used to deliver goods from the warehouse to the store. The driver, identified as Allen Douglas of Shreveport, was ticketed for driving off the city’s truck route, Smith said.

This is the second time a tractor-trailer has illegally driven down the road, tried to turn onto the Davis Park entrance drive and caught the entrance park gate in its crosshairs. A tractor-trailer bent the wrought iron sign in April.

The historical gate was built by the Works Projects Administration in the 1930s.