Bonnie and Clyde

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. A small store area and garage stand silent in the background. A plaque pinpoints where a pay phone used to hang. That plaque represents …

Louisiana State Bird

History of Louisiana’s State Bird: The Brown Pelican

With over 7,700 miles of shoreline, it’s no surprise that a seabird was chosen as Louisiana’s state bird. We’ve celebrated the brown pelican as our state bird since July 27, 1966. Louisiana’s 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. Louisiana’s State …

Right and Wrong Ways to Use a Credit Card

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. These include overspending, amassing large debts, and hurting …

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 …