Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Today’s article probably should be headlines “Did You Ever Wonder?” Probably most of us from a time to time have wondered about certain things and we just couldn’t seem to find the answer or reason. Natchitoches, the oldest town in the Louisiana Purchase by three years, boasts of Cane River. Was it once the Red River and did it actually flow through the middle of town or is that just a lake? The Red River did once flow through town until the Spring of 1837 when a flood caused the river to cut a new course at Grand Encore leaving Natchitoches with only an old “Chute” or remnant of the river’s channel. St. Denis founded the town three years before New Orleans was formed and continued to live there until he died July 11, 1744. His niece along with a large group came up to Bayou Pierre and made the first settlement in what is now DeSoto Parish, Louisiana.

During the Civil War, the State Capitol was moved from Baton Rouge to Opelousas, La. and headquartered in the Lacomb Hotel now occupied by the Post Office. As the Union Army drew closer to Opelousas the Capitol was moved to Shreveport and three sessions of the La. Legislature met there. An interesting fact is that the first order of business was to appropriate the money for their salaries and this is still true today.

Bayou Teche from Morgan City to St. Martinville passed through Sugar Cane country, which is some of the most fertile land in Louisiana. According to legend the Indians believed that a giant snake slithered the winding path of the bayou. The Cajun settlers kept the Indian name “Teche” which is their word for snake.



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