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 …

Spotlight On: Monroe Housing Authority

Growing up in Monroe, Louisiana, has not always been easy for me. My sister and I were raised by a single mother, and living in income-based housing helped relieve some of our financial burdens. It also helped guide us toward our successes today. My family and I are one of thousands of individuals that have been positively impacted by our …

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 …

Crawfish, corn, potatoes, mushrooms, and brussels sprouts from a Louisiana crawfish boil

Weird (and Wonderful) Add-ins to Crawfish Boils

Crawfish boils are one of the most famous, popular, and delicious traditions in Louisiana. A traditional crawfish boil includes a number of added ingredients such as small red potatoes, whole onions, whole garlic bulbs, and mini corn-on-the-cob, all thrown into the pot to cook alongside the mudbugs themselves. The result is an array of scrumptious side dishes that absorb the …