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 …

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 …

marie laveau house of voodoo sign and the inside of the store with various voodoo artifacts

The History of New Orleans Voodoo

Much like the city it calls home to, New Orleans Voodoo has an extremely fascinating background and has been ingrained in Louisiana culture for over three centuries.   Don’t let some Hollywood depictions fool you, though—voodoo has never involved sorcerers, potions, dark magic, or a doll being poked with a sewing needle. Voodoo is an authentic religion that is still …

Bowl of gumbo with rice and shrimp on top and served with boiled egg

Not Just a Southern Staple: Gumbo North of I-10

There is a common misconception that the central and northern regions of Louisiana don’t participate in the Cajun and Creole traditions associated with south Louisiana, which include iconic foods such as jambalaya, boudin, and gumbo. This is simply not true. You can get a bowl of gumbo in Shreveport just as easily as in Lafayette. But before we dig into …

bowl with spoon of gumbo with shrimp, tomatoes and sausage

Hot, Hearty, & Spicy: Gumbo in Cajun Country

When most people who are not from Louisiana hear the word “Cajun,” they automatically think of spicy, peppery food including gumbo. Those of us who live here know how inaccurate that is because spicy is just one aspect of Cajun cuisine. As for Cajun gumbo, there’s plenty to delve into about that, but first let’s explore the region of Louisiana …