Tag: history

Fearless Finds: W.H. Tupper General Merchandise Museum

Ready to step back in time? Well we have found just the place to make you feel like you’re back in the early 1900’s! The W.H. Tupper General Merchandise Museum is a hidden gem in downtown Jennings, Louisiana. Just a block down from the Heywood Building, the museum’s exterior looks like an old storefront, and when Read More

Huntin’ Gators on the Geaux: Senator Gator

  Look at those lips! Senator Gator is definitely dressed to impress and gain some supporters. She’s just outside the Magnolia Building in downtown Lake Charles with the lake to her back. With her campaign in mind, I’m sure she’d be up for any future photo ops! Know of any other Gators on the Geaux Read More

Fearless Finds: Bird City

If you read a recent post of ours (click here to catch up!) then you know we love exploring Jungle Gardens! One of our favorite spots though is Bird City. The amazing beginnings of Bird City is what really got me excited about it all. The founder of Jungle Gardens, E. A. McIlhenny, started this rookery in Read More

Bayou Treasures: The Sallier Oak

If only trees could talk!! This beauty is over 375 years old and is on the registry of the Live Oak Society of Louisiana. It stands behind the Imperial Calcasieu Museum and on the site of Charles Sallier’s winter home. Charles Sallier is Lake Charles’s namesake! The tree is so massive; it’s a living miracle! Time Read More

Bayou Treasures: Saving the Heywood Building

Have you heard about the Heywood Building? Its fate has been causing a ruckus in Jennings, Louisiana, for the past couple of years. Originally built in the early 1900’s, the building is one of the few remaining from this era left in Jennings. We were lucky enough to sit down with Dusty Chaisson, one of the Read More

Vintage Memories: The Hayes Store

      In honor of my dad’s birthday today, we decided to show a different side of him as a young entrepreneur. Here he is photographed with me holding their first dollar at their gas station and convenience store on Highway 14 in Hayes, Louisiana. It was taken in October of 1968 when I Read More

Huntin’ Gators on the Geaux: Ed Drew Gator

  This Gator on the Geaux was an interesting find for us because we had no clue who H.C. Drew was until we did a bit of research. Harrison C. Drew was a businessman and state senator at the end of the 19th century who upon his death left half of his estate to provide Read More

Fearless Finds: Jungle Gardens

When most people think of Avery Island, the Tabasco Factory comes to mind (be on the lookout for a post about the Tabasco Factory in the near future!), but Jungle Gardens is another amazing attraction on the island! Spanning over 150 acres, Jungle Gardens has beautiful foliage, birds, and several interesting historical artifacts, and all Read More

Vintage Memories: Victor Monsour’s “Greo”

  Back in the 90’s I worked at Victor Monsour’s studio. One day he came and asked me to follow him because he had something to show me. He led me to the living room of the studio, pointed to a photograph hanging up on the wall, and said “out of all the pictures I’ve Read More

Southern Snapshots: Lady Angie

    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 Read More

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