History of Bonnie and Clyde Gas Station in Gibsland, Louisiana

In downtown Gibsland, Louisiana, on 1st Street—right near City Hall—sits a small abandoned gas station. A concrete porte-cochère (which is a grand doorway to a building or courtyard) features three old gas pumps with long-gone prices while a small store area and garage stand silent. A plaque pinpoints where a pay phone used to hang. That plaque represents the Bonnie …

History of Louisiana’s State Bird: The Brown Pelican

With over 7,700 miles of shoreline, Louisiana naturally chose a seabird as its state bird. In Louisiana, we’ve celebrated the brown pelican as our state bird since July 27, 1966. We’re even known as the Pelican State. Our brown pelicans are both majestic and distinctive, and Louisiana’s state bird is beloved by many for so many reasons. A Bird That’s …

Right and Wrong Ways to Use a Credit Card

A credit card is a powerful financial tool that is easily available to most people. When used properly, they can help build your credit score, while also offering the convenience of making purchases online or in just about any store. However, if used improperly, a credit card can cause you serious problems, including overspending, amassing large debts, and hurting your …

How Crawfish Became a Louisiana Staple

Louisiana is world famous for its deliciously unique cuisine–but the one food that is most strongly identified with the state is crawfish. Crawfish have always been abundant in Louisiana and actually live on every continent except Antarctica. Native Americans who lived in what would eventually become Louisiana were known to eat crawfish by catching them using reeds baited with deer …

How to Make the Most of Leftover Boiled Crawfish (Shells and All)

Crawfish boils are one of Louisiana’s most cherished culinary traditions. You sit down with family and friends and dive into a huge mound of spicy mudbugs with all the fixins–potatoes, corn on the cob, mushrooms, and more. But when you’re done eating, you look down and realize you’ve got tons of crawfish and fixings left over. What to do? Here …

Make Your Kids Money Smart

Skills to Make Your Kid Money Smart

It’s extremely important to get children started on the path to financial success when they’re younger! This helps make a positive impact on how children view their finances now and in the future. A question I hear a lot is, “What can I do to help teach my kids/nieces/grandchildren how to save and the importance of saving their money?” If …