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Louisiana: New Orleans is a city one must see, but also the Plantations scattered across the State make interesting excursions and one is able to view past history easily. It is so unfortunate that the State will now be remembered as where "Katrina" struck, as for many visitors and vacationers it was part of our history as "Our Party State".
The drive across the state on Interstate 10 was quite interesting as there were sections of highway that one could see the destructive hurricane damage.
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Alexandriathat is located along the Red River, and was originally home to a community which supported activities of the adjacent Spanish outpost of Post du Rapides. The area developed as an assemblage of traders and merchants in the agricultural lands bordering the mostly unsettled areas to the north and providing a link from the south to the El Camino Real and then larger settlement of Natchitoches, the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase , or
northern I20 corridor where Shreveport was founded in 1836 by the Shreve Town Company, a corporation established to develop a town at the juncture of the newly navigable Red River and the Texas Trail, an overland route into the newly independent Republic of Texas and, prior to that time, into Mexico and The settlement formerly known as Fort Miro adopted the name Monroe in honor of the steam powered paddle-wheeler James Monroe. The arrival of the ship had a profound effect on the settlers. It was the singular event that transformed the outpost into a town, in the minds of local residents and the settlement Minden is preserved at the Germantown Colony and Museum. A second museum in Minden, the Dorcheat Historical Association Museum, named for Dorcheat Bayou, where it preserves the cultural history of the city and parish from the 19th century..