Louisiana Place Names: Popular, Unusual, and Forgotten Stories of Towns, Cities, Plantations, Bayous, and Even Some Cemeteries

Louisiana Place Names: Popular, Unusual, and Forgotten Stories of Towns, Cities, Plantations, Bayous, and Even Some Cemeteries

by Clare Leeper
     
 

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From Aansel to Zwolle, with Mardi Gras Bayou in between, avid writer Clare D’Artois Leeper offers her own alphabet of places in Louisiana, both past and present. Louisiana Place Names includes 893 entries that reveal Leeper’s distinct view of the state’s history. Her unique blend of documented fact and traditional wisdom result in an entertaining… See more details below

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From Aansel to Zwolle, with Mardi Gras Bayou in between, avid writer Clare D’Artois Leeper offers her own alphabet of places in Louisiana, both past and present. Louisiana Place Names includes 893 entries that reveal Leeper’s distinct view of the state’s history. Her unique blend of documented fact and traditional wisdom result in an entertaining guide to Louisiana’s place name lore.

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More than 50 years ago Leeper, who died earlier this year, began a column called “Louisiana Places: Those Strange Sounding Names” for the Baton Rouge Sunday Advocate. The 893 entries here are drawn from some of those columns and based on written records, legend, oral history, tradition, and folklore. Many of the places listed were named for prominent families, such as Kentwood in Tangipahoa Parish, which was called after Amos Kent, who speculated in land along the Illinois Central. Others are named for saints like St. Martinville, or after a fourth-century French bishop, St. Martin of Tours. Still others, such as Cloud Crossing, evoke weather. All states should have such a fascinating collection of terms devoted to them.

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ISBN-13:
9780807147382
Publisher:
Louisiana State University Press
Publication date:
10/19/2012
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
875,097
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.10(d)

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