Category: bayou treasures

Bayou Treasures: The Sallier Oak

If only trees could talk!! This beauty is over 375 years old and is on the registry of the Live Oak Society of Louisiana. It stands behind the Imperial Calcasieu Museum and on the site of Charles Sallier’s winter home. Charles Sallier is Lake Charles’s namesake! The tree is so massive; it’s a living miracle! Time Read More

Bayou Treasures: Saving the Heywood Building

Have you heard about the Heywood Building? Its fate has been causing a ruckus in Jennings, Louisiana, for the past couple of years. Originally built in the early 1900’s, the building is one of the few remaining from this era left in Jennings. We were lucky enough to sit down with Dusty Chaisson, one of the Read More

Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau: Stop #4!

Just past Gumbeaux Gator stands this large cutout of Louisiana that we, of course, had to take pictures in front of! We were just planning on including them in the post about the SWLA Convention & Visitors Bureau until I stumbled upon this picture of my mom while looking through a box of old photographs, Read More

Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau: Stop #3 Gumbeaux Gator!

Does he still exist? Just outside of the Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau is a beautiful topiary of the legendary Gumbeaux Gator. Lexi had never even heard of him, so we saw the topiary as a flashback to my childhood. Then lo and behold Lexi goes to the ReALLIEty Challenge, and they annouce that Gumbeaux Gator is in the Read More

Lake Charles 9/11 Memorial

I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve run down the lakefront boardwalk and never knew I had been so close to two actual steel beams from the World Trade Center. Memorial Point can be seen on the flags hung from the light posts for the stretch of boardwalk surrounding the Lake Charles 9/11 Memorial, Read More

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