Tag: Cameron

12 Jun 2016

Southern Snapshots: Lady Angie  0

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The shrimp boats of Cameron are an art exhibit that everyone needs to see at least one in their lives. Each one is uniquely named and designed to fit each shrimper’s character, and they’re an integral part of the history and culture of Southwest Louisiana. Travel down to the coast and enjoy a day looking at these remarkable boats!

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05 May 2015

Fearless Finds: Imperial Calcasieu Museum  0

Fearless Finds: Imperial Calcasieu Museum | Explore the history of Lake Charles and the surrounding areas in this quaint museum full of fun and interesting finds! | bonveillercher.com

 

Did you know there is a history museum in Lake Charles? Fearless Finds: Imperial Calcasieu Museum | Explore the history of Lake Charles and the surrounding areas in this quaint museum full of fun and interesting finds! | bonveillercher.comI sure didn’t until a few years ago when I saw the Imperial Calcasieu Museum on a list of extra credit opportunities for one of my college classes, and I enjoyed it so much I knew I had to head back and share this amazing find with my mom and our readers!

The Imperial Calcasieu Museum is located at 204 West Sallier Street in Lake Charles on the site of the winter home of Charles Sallier, one of the founders of Lake Charles. It opened in 1963 to celebrate the original Imperial Calcasieu region now split into the five parishes of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jeff Davis. The exhibits range from locally found arrowheads to WWII memorabilia to antique toys and so much in between, and it’s the perfect place to learn more about the area whether you’re just visiting or have lived here all your life.

There is so much to see, we can’t share everything!

Here are our five favorite finds at the museum:

Borealis Rex Paddleboat Steering Wheel | Fearless Finds: Imperial Calcasieu Museum | Explore the history of Lake Charles and the surrounding areas in this quaint museum full of fun and interesting finds! | bonveillercher.com1. The steering wheel from the Borealis Rex Paddleboat – Measuring over six feet in diameter, it’s an impressive sight. The Borealis Rex brought mail, goods, and passengers between Cameron and Lake Charles from 1905 to 1930.
2. John James Audubon’s beautiful Birds of America collection and Quadruped collection – We learned that in order to paint the animals, Audubon first had to kill the specimens then posed them in the scene. His work is simply amazing.
3. The 1910 Lake Charles fire exhibit – This impressive display shows before and after photographs of the fire that destroyed City Hall, the Catholic Church, and the Catholic School among other buildings for seven city blocks. They also have water grenades, signage, and other interesting artifacts from this great disaster.
4. A working Edison phonograph and horn from 1908 – This piece is not only easy on the eyes, but it still plays lovely music!
5. An original World War I woman’s uniform from a local resident – Originally bought from Abercrombie & Fitch for $135, this uniform looks like it could have been purchased yesterday.
1908 Working Edison Phonagraph and Horn | Fearless Finds: Imperial Calcasieu Museum | Explore the history of Lake Charles and the surrounding areas in this quaint museum full of fun and interesting finds! | bonveillercher.comWorld War I Women's Uniform | Fearless Finds: Imperial Calcasieu Museum | Explore the history of Lake Charles and the surrounding areas in this quaint museum full of fun and interesting finds! | bonveillercher.com

 

We could go on and on with our list because there are so many other interesting artifacts. They also have four scenes set up with mannequins and proper pieces of history, including an old-time barber shop with a beautiful display of shaving cream mugs that once belonged to local men.Fearless Finds: Imperial Calcasieu Museum | Explore the history of Lake Charles and the surrounding areas in this quaint museum full of fun and interesting finds! | bonveillercher.com

While all the exhibits are fantastic, our absolute favorite part of the museum was our personal tour guide the museum’s Executive Director, Susan Reed. She is so knowledgeable and welcoming, and she shared so many interesting facts with us!

The museum also has the Gibson-Barham Gallery which displays revolving fine art, cultural exhibits, and even live plays! We were able to take a sneak peak at the “Feathers and Fins” exhibit which included works of art from local public school K-12 kids. The next exhibit is “Playing with Fire” and opens May 15 from 6-8 and will run until June 27. It features pieces from local ceramic artists.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children and senior citizens. Museum Members are admitted free.

For more information call 337-439-3797, visit their website at www.imperialcalcasieumuseum.org, or find them on Facebook.

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P.S. No we didn’t forget about the amazing Sallier Oak that stands outside the museum! We have decided it deserves its own post, so keep a lookout for it coming soon!

27 Mar 2015

Southern Snapshots: A Cameron Pelican  0

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Pelican seen from the Cameron, Louisiana ferry | bonveillercher.com

This beautiful pelican caught my eye on the ferry ride from Cameron to Holly Beach. He was busy fishing and didn’t mind me taking pictures of him at all. He even paused for a moment to look at me and posed!

Southern Snapshots is our newest blog series where we will share photographs of things we see in our daily lives. We’d love to share your pictures and captions as well! Please leave a comment or e-mail us at bonveillercher@gmail.com!

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15 Feb 2015

A Shrimp Boat in Cameron  0

A Shrimp Boat in Cameron -- Join us on our visit with an old shrimp boat and its owner from Cameron, Louisiana. | bonveillercher.com
The drive down to Cameron is different than when I was young. Now, after the hurricanes, everything has changed. But one thing the hurricane did not take away is the spirit of the shrimper and their heart and soul, the shrimp boat. One shrimp boat in particular caught my eye as we drove down the main drag on our way to the ferry.  It was run-down and rusty but so beautiful. I love that kind of stuff, and I couldn’t wait to see it through the lens of my camera.
 
As I was snapping pictures of it, a head popped out of the door and gave a wave, and then the door closed. I took a few more photos then noticed a very small statured older gentleman coming down the boardwalk which led from the boat to the land. He came straight up to the truck, and at first I thought he might tell us we had to leave. But all he wanted to do was visit with us. He talked about his daughter going to college in Florida; that he had been a shrimper all his life; that he was born and raised in Cameron; and that the boat I had fallen in love with was his home. I could tell he felt the same way about it that I did the first time I saw it. It started to rain more, and as he turned to walk away he told us we could come by anytime to fish off his dock.
 
His warmth and friendliness put us at ease as he embodied true southern hospitality. Hurricanes will come and go, but they will never destroy all the beauty and culture of Cameron or the spirit of the Cameron people. 
          
08 Feb 2015

The Creole Nature Trail: Cameron Prairie Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center  0

The Creole Nature Trail: Cameron Prairie Visitor's Center -- Information, Tante Marie, and GATORS are just a few things you'll find at this stop along the trail! | bonveillercher.com
Roadtrip time!
 
The Creole Nature Trail: Cameron Prairie Visitor's Center -- Information, Tante Marie, and GATORS are just a few things you'll find at this stop along the trail! | bonveillercher.blogspot.comOur day began with a stop at Chesson’s Grocery on La 27 for gas. When we drove up I noticed a brightly green colored alligator statue out front. I had to have a picture of it! So while Myron, my boyfriend, pumped gas, I went over to see exactly what it was. The sign read “Creole Nature Trail,” and this sparked my interest for a new blog series! After mentioning my idea to Myron, he said there was a place just down the road that he passed almost every day that we needed to check out.

The Creole Nature Trail: Cameron Prairie Visitor's Center -- Information, Tante Marie, and GATORS are just a few things you'll find at this stop along the trail! | bonveillercher.blogspot.comIt was the Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. When we walked in we were greeted by the sweetest, little lady working there. She gave us a brief once over of the place and explained what the center had to offer. I took a few pictures then we walked into the first room and met Tante Marie who turned out to be an animatronic replica of an old Cajun woman in a pirogue with a voice that took me back to my childhood days listening to my grandparents. She was so animated and realistic, not scary at all, and I know kids would just love her! She talked about the history of the Cajuns, their migration south to Louisiana, and their daily lives back then. She couldn’t stay long though because she needed to head home with her fresh shrimp to make her a big pot of shrimp and okra gumbo, so we headed into the next room.

The Creole Nature Trail: Cameron Prairie Visitor's Center -- Information, Tante Marie, and GATORS are just a few things you'll find at this stop along the trail! | bonveillercher.blogspot.com
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Around the corner was a hands-on museum set up with information about bird migration and conservation. From there we entered a movie room with this big wooden door and seats for about ten people. In the corner was a Gator on the Geaux (look for more on these brilliantly created statues in a future post) that was covered head to tail in commemorative duck stamps. That’s when we realized the next thing to see was outside in the chilly, misty weather. We went for it anyway, and headed to the observation deck in the back of the building.

The Creole Nature Trail: Cameron Prairie Visitor's Center -- Information, Tante Marie, and GATORS are just a few things you'll find at this stop along the trail! | bonveillercher.com
The Creole Nature Trail: Cameron Prairie Visitor's Center -- Information, Tante Marie, and GATORS are just a few things you'll find at this stop along the trail! | bonveillercher.blogspot.comThe Creole Nature Trail: Cameron Prairie Visitor's Center -- Information, Tante Marie, and GATORS are just a few things you'll find at this stop along the trail! | bonveillercher.blogspot.com
It was well worth the walk! I’m sure in the summer there are more birds out, but we did get to see a variety of ducks and a couple beautiful geese. There is a covered place at the end of the boardwalk to stop and watch the birds in their natural environment. They even have a FREE telescope to get some close-up looks. As we were walking away there was the cutest little bird just swimming around. It sure didn’t care about the weather! I, of course, had to have a picture.
The Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center is a must stop before proceeding along the trail. Besides all the information it provides about the wetlands of Louisiana, it has plenty of brochures and maps to guide you on your way down the Creole Nature Trail. As we were leaving we were told we could head just two miles down the road to the Pintail Drive and Boardwalk, but we saved that for another day.
 
Here are the details to plan your own visit:
 
Cameron Prairie National Wildlife and Refuge Visitor Center
1428 Hwy 27
Bell City, La 70630
337-598-2216
 
For more information about the Creole Nature Trail and surrounding areas check out these links:
 
 
Stay tuned for more posts as we travel along the Creole Nature Trail!