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I'm starting a new thread on Louisiana Sites and Events to see what is out there. If you have a good site that you like to visit or a good place to eat share some pics or a link. I like to go to the tourist center North of Alexandria and pickup information about places to visit that would make a good day trip.

I had seen an ad for the Marksville State Historical Site and decided to go and find it today. I've road through Marksville plenty of times but didn't know the Site was there. With the temps in the lower 70's today after a week of ice and snow I was looking to get out for a ride. I found the State Site but didn't get to see everything there because I met a couple of interesting local people and we got to talking about history and that was the end of my tour. I will make another trip when the weather allows. I also found out there was an old fort just out of town towards the Red River, Fort DeRussy. There is also an old cemetery out by the fort but I didn't get to visit it because I ran out of daylight.

Marksville State Historic Site
http://www.crt.state.la.us/parks/imarksvle.aspx

Fort DeRussy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_DeRussy_(Louisiana)

http://www.civilwaralbum.com/louisiana/derussy.htm

Hwy 112 & 71 Lecompte this past week

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In and around Lafayette, we like to eat at PreJeans north of Lafayette, Poor Boy's Riverside south of Lafayette in Broussard, Chef Roy's Frog City in Rayne, Cafe Des Amis in Breaux Bridge (especially Breakfast) and lots of other crawfish/seafood places in area. Attractions that we have enjoyed include the Tabasco Pepper plant @ Avery Island near New Iberia, Rip Van Winkle Gardens, and really enjoyed the swamp tour @ Lake Martin. Looking forward to a ride there in April for the Louisiana GWRRA Rally. Plenty of places to ride also including down toward Houma, Morgan City, and Pecan Island. Cant say a lot of good about some of the roads down there, mostly good, but others terrible (especially Hwy 90 south) or was when we were there last. Also, had good riding down Hwy 77 toward Plaquemine, over to Hwy 1 towards Donaldsonville, across to Sorento, being sure to stop and take in the Acadian Village, then back up Hwy 22 towards Madisonville before heading back to Mississippi. Then there is the ride up toward the False River on Hwy 10...But that is another trip in itself. Love to ride and explore in your homestate.
 

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I did enjoy eating at this place in Houma a couple years ago.:thumbup:



This is a neat old store in Cocodrie and the ride out to it was pleasant. I thoroughly enjoy riding in your state and hope to get back down there soon.





 

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Took a trip to AR this week and on the way back I was looking for something to see and do when I found two museums that were worth the time. The first was the Military Museum in Ruston, LA http://www.sos.la.gov/HistoricalResources/VisitMuseums/LouisianaMilitaryMuseum/Pages/default.aspx They have a really good collection at the site. Pictures won't do it justice but I've put some up on Flicker. https://www.flickr.com/photos/domanguew/sets/72157644747257896/ The next stop was the Old Water Works Dept of Shreveport. This thing has a history and is worth a visit http://www.sos.la.gov/HistoricalResources/VisitMuseums/ShreveportWaterWorksMuseum/Pages/default.aspx It's amazing the number of years that thing was on line and the out put it delivered to the city. I also added some pics on Flicker for this museum. https://www.flickr.com/photos/domanguew/sets/72157644790929652/

I did a lot of weekend traveling over the last few months visiting small sites.

1. Marksville Historical Museum-Marksville
2. Fort Buhlow and Randolph-Alexandria
3. Fort Jean Baptiste-Natchitoches
4. Grand Ecore-Natchitoches
5. Fort Jesup-on the road between Many and Natchitoches
6. Los Adaes-Robeline, open on appointment only
7. Adai Indian Museum-just up the road past Los Adaes, never did catch them open
8. Rebel Country Music Museum-Marthaville
9. Mansfield Civil War Museum-Mansfield
10. Hodges Gardens-Florien
11. South Toledo State Park-Anacoco
12. Magnolia Plantation-Derry
13. Alexandria River Fest / Dragon Boat Races-Alexandria

There are a lot of good sites to see in Louisiana, along with a plenty of good food on the way. :biker:
 

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I found a ferry crossing today in Duty, LA between Hwy 124 & Hwy 559 on the Ouachita River. There was a small village on the Hwy 124 side but no one was there. There is suppose to be a restaurant there but it looked like everything was closed. From Alexandria I rode up Hwy 165 to Columbia then caught Hwy 4 East just north of town. About 3 miles east Hwy 559 intersects running south for about 16 miles where you will find the ferry. There was no wait and it's a short trip across the river. The roads are really good with one area about a mile long with a resurfacing project going on Hwy 124 east of Enterprise. The deck of the ferry had a lot of paint and was slippery. It's best to stay on the deck plate in the middle of the lane.

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/domanguew/sets/72157648438196218/


http://www.jimbowiesrelaystation.com/map.html
 

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Really enjoyed looking at all the photos in your album, thanks for the link. I have been to several of the same places and hope to visit some other ones when I retire next year.
 

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Tourism in Louisiana

For anyone planning a trip to Louisiana as a tourist I suggest you check with your destination to make sure what their operating hours will be. Thanks to our traveling Governor Bobby Jindal who can't seem to stay in the state, the state will be reducing the hours at state museums.


http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2015/02/layoffs_planned_by_louisiana_s.html


And Jindal wants to do for America what he has done for Louisiana.:eek:4:
http://www.usdebtclock.org/state-debt-clocks/state-of-louisiana-debt-clock.html
 

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Fred"s lounge in Mamou, They are only open on Sat. 8am-1.pm. That's when the party starts. They have a live cajun band and radio broadcast. The cajuns are out dancing at that time having a great time. Really is something to see. Look for Sue, she has been there for about a hundred years and leads the parade. In Lafayette, eat at the Blue Dog for supper, Jolie"s for lunch and you have to try the boudin at Don's in Scott la.
 

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If anyone is in the Covington area go check out the Washington Parish Free Fair, 1 of the world's largest free fairs! It's held every October around the 3rd week

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