"Keeweechic's Natchitoches" Natchitoches by keeweechic

Natchitoches Travel Guide: 80 reviews and 160 photos

Natchitoches was originally founded by the French somewhere around 1699 as an outpost on the Red River to trade with the Spanish in Mexico. Trading became successful with area Indians and so a trading post was established at the head of navigation on the Red River near a village of Natchitoches Indians. Natchitoches was established in 1714 and in 1803 the United States purchased the French province of Louisiana which stretched from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains and from the Gulf of Mexico to Canada. People soon settled in large numbers in the Natchitoches area and several plantations were built along the river. In time, the river changed its course and bypassed Natchitoches. What was once known as the Red River is now Cane River Lake, a 30 mile body of water that runs from the City's downtown historic district through Plantation country.

Dotted around the parish are 18th and 19th century structures with some dating back as far as the American Revolution when Natchitoches was occupied by the Union army during the Civil War. Northwestern State Univ. of Louisiana and a U.S. fish hatchery are also there. Natchitoches (pronounced Nack-a-tish) is the largest town in the parish and is the oldest continually occupied settlement in the entire Louisiana Purchase Territory. It is actually older than New Orleans and was chosen as the location for the motion pictures 'Steel Magnolias', 'The Horse Soldiers' and 'Man in the Moon'.

They say that Natchitoches is all y'alls and sugars and big loving families with big wrap around porches.

Photos which are taken by myself and all headings are copyright and digitally marked. Please do not use them without permission. Thanks.(c) keeweechic 2001 - 2006 (copyright)

  • Last visit to Natchitoches: Sep 2001
  • Intro Updated Jul 31, 2006
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jun 23, 2009 at 4:54 PM

    WE came through here on an antibellum plantation homes trip to the South. A great trip and looks like you also had some of the same path. Great pics and comments

  • vigi's Profile Photo
    May 6, 2004 at 1:31 AM

    Love the dirty rice. Yum Yum@ (^0^)

  • BuickMackane's Profile Photo
    Jan 10, 2004 at 4:24 AM

    The Christmas Festival of Lights was a fabulous display; enjoyed dinner at The Landing, too. Don't miss this great place when visiting Louisiana!

  • bugalugs's Profile Photo
    Feb 25, 2003 at 12:42 PM

    it looks an adorable place, such a lovely page, informative and great pics, thanks :-)

  • Helga67's Profile Photo
    Dec 1, 2002 at 4:43 AM

    A lovely place

  • Sweetberry1's Profile Photo
    Oct 10, 2002 at 6:21 AM

    Another Excellent page on a fascinating region. Love those quaint little stores..


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