From the dark, rich, cypress-shaded bayousides to the red dirt hills and piney woods along the way, Louisiana Hwy. 1 takes travelers 436 miles from Grand Isle and the Gulf of Mexico to the Ark-La-Tex border northwest of bustling Shreveport. Author Anne Butler and photographer Henry Cancienne serve as tour guides as they introduce the communities LA 1 crosses, which represent almost every culture that has spiced up Louisiana s gumbo heritage and history. Divided into five sections, Down the Bayou, Capital, Portal to the Hill Country, Creole Country, and Shreveport, Louisiana Hwy. 1 showcases the incredible variety of terrain and cultures within the Pelican State, from the energy and seafood industries of Cajun country, through the capital region around Baton Rouge, to the pecan orchards and piney hills of the Kisatchie National Forest area, through the unique Creole culture of Cane River/Natchitoches and Louisiana's earliest historic settlements, on up to the northwestern commercial center of Shreveport. Come along as we take a ride on Louisiana's longest street.
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Anne Butler is the author of more than a dozen books and hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles. She lives and works on one of Louisiana's early plantations which has been in her family since the 1790s. She is a gifted storyteller and has a passion for preserving Louisiana's unique history and culture.
Photographer Henry Cancienne is an Air Force veteran, retired school teacher, retired oilfield chemist, part-time sheriff s deputy and fulltime devotee of recording the vanishing world around him, especially its natural beauties in the swamps and forests which are such fragile environments. He has had his images published in a number of books and magazines, and has had exhibits in venues such as the Jean Lafitte National Park and Southdown Plantation as well as a number of state libraries.
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