Louisiana: A Guide to the State

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Tour 17

(Lewisville, Ark.)--Plain Dealing-- Shreveport--Armistead--Natchitoches--Alexandria--Marksville--New Roads--Junction with US 190; 280.1 m., La 10, US 79-80, La 20, La 230, La 5, La 299, La 30, La 49, La 93.

Concrete-paved roadbed, except for 65.7 miles of graveled roadbed, in four sections, south of Hanna.

Railroads paralleling route: St. L. SW. between Arkana and Shreveport; T. & P. between Shreveport and Alexandria; L. & A. between Alexandria and Torras; T. & P. between Torras and New Roads. Accommodations in larger towns only.


Section a. ARKANSAS LINE to SHREVEPORT; 37.1 m., La 10, US 79-80

La 10, a continuation of Ark 29, crosses the Arkansas Line, 27.8 miles south of Lewisville, Arkansas, and runs due south to Shreveport through cut-over timberland and a farming region where the decline in cotton production has seen a corresponding increase in truck farming and cattle raising. Oil and gas developments have recently been added to the industrial activities of this section.

ARKANA , 0 m. (244 alt., 50 pop.), a farming village on the Arkansas-Louisiana boundary, whose name is an abbreviation of the two States, lies almost entirely in Arkansas.

BOLINGER , 5.2 m. (313 alt., 200 pop.), a sawmill and farming village, was named for a family long identified with the lumber industry in north Louisiana.

PLAIN DEALING , 8.2 m. (266 alt., 1,412 pop.), another sawmill and farming town, was founded in 1887 on land settled by the Gilmer family, wealthy planters from Virginia.

BENTON , 23 m. (210 alt., 402 pop.), the seat of Bossier Parish, was founded just prior to the War between the States. In 1888, after a controversy with the town of Bellevue, Benton was chosen as the parish seat. Backed by a legal technicality, however, the citizens of Bellevue refused to give up the parish records; two years later they were spirited away by Benton citizens.

WILLOW CHUTE COMMUNITY , 25.4 M., and the surrounding plantation area are the scene of many of the Negro stories written by Roark Bradford.

At 35.1 m. is the junction of La 10 and US 79-80 (seeTour 7b); R. on US 79-80 (seeTour 7b).

SHREVEPORT , 37.1 m. (225 alt., 76,655 pop.) (seeShreveport).

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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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