Country Roads of Louisiana (Country Roads Of...) by Glen Pitre

By Glen Pitre

Shuttle the again roads that hug the bayous of Louisiana from Shreveport to Grand Isle. notice neglected haunts and designated museums during this pleasant trip alongside the rustic roads of Louisiana. a very good armchair learn in addition to the consultant that'll have you ever wandering off highways and poking via nice previous cities with plenty of historical past and tales.

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Popular seasons to visit are during the October Pilgrimage, when many town homes and plantations open their doors, and during the Christmas Festival of Lights. At the north end of old downtown, a bust of city founder, Louis Juchereau de St. Denis, oversees the well-stocked visitors center. Be sure to ask for a map as this old settlement's street layout is sometimes eccentric. Now back to Fort St. Jean. This history buff's dream replicates one of the log stockades begun in 1714 by St. Denis as a stronghold againstand illegal trading post withSpanish Texas.

S. Route 80 turns into California Street, a collegiate frenzy of fast food and strip malls. S. Route 167 north to the cluster of tempting downtown shops. In an old movie house, the Dixie Jamboree twangs with Saturday evening piney hills music shows. The Jamboree is but one of the charms making Ruston a good overnight destination. Even if you can't stay over, make sure there's time to eat at Sarah's. Not only is the vegetarian soul food delicious, but the restaurant itself is a mystical experience, with Bible quotes painted onto the front walk and a trip through the kitchen necessary to reach your table.

And of course, North America's largest river keeps trying to jump its tracks near here. The resultant sloughs and bayous make a fecund habitat for hunting and fishing in nearby wildlife-management areas. Louisiana 1 blares into Marksville past the throbbing eleven hundred slot machines and gaming tables of twenty-four-hour Grand Casino Avoyelles. ) Agreeing on a limit, we tried our luck. It took longer than we expected to lose our stake, but lose it we did. Oh, well. Thankfully the riches of Marksville's Native American culture extend well beyond the reservation's casino.

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