Did You Know?: Lost Local Mountain Named After “Adventurer and Indian Hunter”

Somewhere on the outskirts of Gibsland lies Ambrose Mountain. Named after Major James Ambrose, proclaimed adventurer and Indian hunter.

One of the earliest settlers of the area, pre-dating Bienville Parish, Major Ambrose inhabited the property with his wife Jane.

Upon exploring the hill, Ambrose claims to have found the skeleton of an Indian brave with a tomahawk in hand. Legend says that Major Ambrose himself was buried at the top of that same hill, standing upright with his rifle at the ready.

He is said to have told his wife, “bury me here, that no plow may disturb my grave.”

Another source claims a stone marker was placed atop Ambrose’s head so that no one would accidentally disturb the adventurer’s remains.

On April 23, 1963, the Shreveport Times published an article and map pertaining to a 228-mile driving tour of North Louisiana which included Ambrose Mountain.  (see map above)  Ambrose Mountain is shown to be located north of I-20 near Gibsland.  The article explains, “To the right of the highway [I-20, driving from Ruston towards Shreveport], is seen one of the highest points in the state and there’s a story to go with it for those in the family who might enjoy a little police action with their scenery.  It was here that Clyde Barrow, Public Enemy Number One, and his cigar-smoking moll, Bonnie Parker, had their hideout.”

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