Louisiana: A Guide to the State

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An Introduction to Louisiana

IF you will look at a map you will see that Louisiana resembles a boot with its frayed toe dipping into the Gulf of Mexico. The State is bounded on the east by Mississippi, on the north by Arkansas, and on the west by Texas. The Mississippi River flows between Mississippi and Louisiana for half the length of the State and then passes entirely into Louisiana. The vast delta and the spreading mouth of the great stream lie wholly within the State.

North and South Louisiana are entirely unlike. Shreveport, the second largest city resembles Dallas, Texas more than it does New Orleans; and the countryside with its rolling hills and pine and hardwood forests resembles Arkansas. The eastern portion of north Louisiana takes on the color of the Mississippi River and the traveler finds cotton plantations and stately houses standing in groves of trees. Monroe is the largest city of this section.

Alexandria, a thriving town in the center of the State, is distinctly American; yet only seventy miles west is Natchitoches the oldest town in the State. Natchitoches, which was founded in 1714, four full years before New Orleans, has a flavor undeniably French. It was first a fort on the road which led from Mexico to the Mississippi. One of the antique iron crosses in the cemetery tells of an unknown Spanish lady who died on that road just at the beginning of the eighteenth century. This is a rich cotton-growing country and there are many plantations along Red River and Cane River.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents xi
  • Illustrations xvii
  • Maps xxi
  • General Information xxiii
  • Calendar of Annual Events xxvii
  • Part I Louisiana: Past and Present 1
  • An Introduction to Louisiana 3
  • Natural Setting 7
  • First Americans 29
  • History 37
  • Government 53
  • Agriculture 60
  • Commerce, Industry, and Labor 67
  • Transportation 78
  • Racial Elements 86
  • Folkways 90
  • Social Life and Social Welfare 102
  • Education 116
  • Religion 126
  • Newspapers and Radio 134
  • Sports and Recreation 141
  • Architecture 148
  • Art 161
  • Literature 178
  • Music 190
  • The Theater 203
  • Science 217
  • Cuisine 225
  • Part II Cities and Towns 233
  • Abbeville 235
  • Alexandria--Pineville 239
  • Baton Rouge 250
  • Gretna 268
  • Lafayette 272
  • Lake Charles 281
  • Minden 288
  • Monroe 290
  • Natchitoches 299
  • New Iberia 312
  • New Orleans 316
  • Opelousas 345
  • Ruston 350
  • St. Martinville 353
  • Shreveport 360
  • Winnfield 377
  • Part III Tours 381
  • Tour 1 383
  • Tour 1a 411
  • Tour 1b 414
  • Tour 1c 420
  • Tour 1d 423
  • Tour 1e 425
  • Tour 1f 428
  • Tour 2 431
  • Tour 2a 434
  • Tour 2b 438
  • Tour 2c 440
  • Tour 3 444
  • Tour 3a 455
  • Tour 4 457
  • Tour 5 465
  • Tour 6 474
  • Tour 7 478
  • Tour 8 488
  • Tour 8a 498
  • Tour 9 503
  • Tour 10 508
  • Tour 10a 521
  • Tour 10b 523
  • Tour 10c 541
  • Tour 11 544
  • Tour 11 A 569
  • Tour 11b 573
  • Tour 11c 579
  • Tour 11d 582
  • Tour 11e 586
  • Tour 12 589
  • Tour 13 597
  • Tour 14 610
  • Tour 15 612
  • Tour 15a 627
  • Tour 15b 629
  • Tour 16 631
  • Tour 17 635
  • Tour 17 A 650
  • Tour 17b 654
  • Tour 18 656
  • Tour 18 A 669
  • Tour 19 672
  • Part IV Appendices 683
  • Glossary 685
  • Chronology 693
  • Bilbliography 704
  • Population Figures, 1940 Census 717
  • Map of Louisiana in Five Sections 721
  • Index 735
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