Lost Lake Charles
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Fires, hurricanes, neglect and progress erased much of Lake Charles’s physical history. The young town was a magnet for pirates and privateers, like the infamous Jean Lafitte, who conducted business at the mouth of what is today called the Contraband Bayou. Michigan Men, creoles and cowboys made their way to the fledgling Louisiana town to start new lives. A great lumber industry shaped the town in the nineteenth century. Streetcars ran routes around the clock seven days a week. Author and historian Adley Cormier delves deep into Lake Charles’s past to uncover a history that has been lost to time and change.
The History Press
: 9781625858825
: The History Press
: 07/03/2017
: Louisiana
: Lost
: 62 Black And White
: 144
: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
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Adley Cormier has researched Louisiana his entire adult life to gain a unique insight of the culture and history of the region. A native of Breaux Bridge and a history graduate of LSU, he has written multiple monographs and articles for journals and magazines. He has appeared on national television, on Louisiana Public Broadcasting and in independent productions to share the area’s unique heritage and culture. He completed a new history of southwest Louisiana for the Chamber Southwest in 2016 and still guides tour groups and journalists. Retired from the department of labor, he and his wife, Melinda Antoon Cormier, live in Lake Charles.
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