ABITA SPRINGS - For more than 100 years, Abita Springs’ claim to fame has been its glacial aquifer, once thought to be a fountain of youth. It is one of the few towns in America whose water supply has never required any treatment. But in 2005, coliform bacteria was found in a sample taken from the maze of pipes connected to the springs. Legend has it, that 8,000 years ago, a dying Choctaw princess was made well after drinking water from the springs.
ALEXANDRIA – Actress Faith Ford was born here in Alexandria, in 1964.
ANGIE – Eula Mae Love is buried here in the Moses Cemetery. She was killed by Los Angeles Police in 1979 when she threatened the officers with a knife and threw it at them when they told her to drop it.
ARCADIA – After Bonnie and Clyde were killed on May 23, 1934, the motorcade towing Bonnie and Clyde still inside their bullet-ridden car, arrived here in Arcadia at Conger's Furniture Store and Funeral Parlor on North Railroad St. The bodies were taken inside where an autopsy was performed. The building was there until the late 1990s when it was damaged in a tornado and torn down.
AVERY ISLAND – Edmund McLhenny was born here in 1872. He invented Tabasco sauce.
BATON ROUGE – Governor Huey Long was shot and killed here in the State Capital on September 10, 1935 by Carl Weiss.
u Governor Long is buried here at the State Capital at Third St. at Boyd Ave.
u Buried here in Roselawn Cemetery are:
– Murderer Elmo Patrick Sonnier. The movie Dead Man Walking was based on him. He is in Section. D, Sisters of St. Joseph.
– Assassin Carl Weiss. He shot and killed Louisiana Governor Huey Long in 1935.
u Basketball player Pete "Pistol Pete" Maravich is buried here in the Resthaven Gardens of Memory Cemetery.
BEAUX BRIDGE – Born here in Beaux Bridge were: actress Ali Landry in 1973, and musician Branford Marsalis in 1960.
BEECH SPRINGS – Jimmie Davis was born here near Beech Springs in 1899. He wrote the song You Are My Sunshine.
CHALMETTE – The Battle of New Orleans took place here in 1814-1815. It was the last battle of the 1812 War. It was here that General Andrew Jackson, and Jean Lafitte (the pirate) and his men, defended the city from the invading British. The battle lasted less than two hours. Over 2000 British were killed and only 13 Americans. People have said to see ghosts of the soldiers walking around. There are also accounts of a "headless" ghost that walks the levee at night.
u Located on the Chalmette Battlefield grounds is the Beauregard House, built in 1832 for judge Rene Beauregard son of Civil War Confederate General P. G. T. Beauregard. It is now a museum and visitor center.
CROWLEY – Actor Windsor Harmon was born here in 1963.
DELHI – Country singer Tim McGraw was born here in Delhi in 1967.
EDGERLY – Baseball player Ted Lyons is buried here in the Big Woods Cemetery.
EXTENSION – Songwriter Richard Beery was born here in 1935. He wrote the song Louie, Louie.
FERRIDAY – Singer Jerry Lee Lewis was born here in 1935.
FORT JACKSON – Named after Andrew Jackson, construction began on the Fort in 1822 and was completed and occupied by the Confederate army in 1832. It was a large, and star-shaped, and had a moat surrounding it. On April 18, 1862, Admiral Farragut and his fleet of 43 boats, battled the fort for over a week. New Orleans fell, the fort surrendered, and his forces occupied them. After the Civil War, Fort Jackson was used as a prison. During World War I the Fort was again used as training base. Now restored, the fort is located on SH 23, and the west bank of the Mississippi River, 2.5 miles southeast of Triumph, about 70 miles southeast of New Orleans.
GERMANTOWN – A German socialist-utopian colony was founded here in 1835 and lasted until 1872. Three original buildings still remain, and other buildings have been re-created. The town was active until 1971. Seven miles northeast of Minden.
GIBSLAND – Bonnie and Clyde's bullet-ridden car with the pair still inside, was towed here followed by a string of twenty cars filled with sightseers. When the column stopped briefly near Gibsland High School, a schoolgirl fainted when she got a glimpse of Bonnie's mutilated face. The car is now on display in a Bonnie & Clyde museum that is located in a building on the site oc the former Ma Canfield's Cafe, where Bonnie and Clyde had stopped to eat. They were killed just shortly after leaving the cafe.
GRETNA – Baseball player Mel Ott was born here in 1909.
GULFPORT – Musician Jelly Roll Morton was born here in Gulfport in 1890.
HAUGHTON – Singer Johnny Horton is buried here in Hill Crest Cemetery at 601 Highway 80 East. He died at age 35, on November 5, 1960, in auto accident - hit by a drunk driver. From the second entrance, drive straight to the Isle section. His grave is beside the walkway.
HAYNESVILLE – Fashion designer Geoffrey Beene was born here in 1927.
JANE'S VALLEY – Musician Louis Armstrong was born here on August 4, 1901.
KENTWOOD – Singer Britney Spears grew up here.
u Clay Shaw is buried here in the Woodland Cemetery. He was accused by District Attorney Jim Garrison of being one of the masterminds of the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
LAKE CHARLES – Born here were: baseball player Ted Lyons in 1900, and Dr. Michael DeBakey was born here in 1908, He developed the first artificial heart.
u Wayne McLaren is buried here in the Lake Charles Cemetery. During the 1970s he appeared in ads for cigarettes as the "Marlboro Man." In 1990 he became an anti-smoking activist after learning he was dying from lung cancer.
MARTIN – Baseball player Joe Adcock is buried here in the Holly Springs Cemetery.
METAIRIE – Actress Ellen Degeneres was born here in Metairie in 1958.
u Singer Mahalia Jackson is buried here in Providence Memorial Park at 8200 Airline Highway. She is in Section E, on the east side of the mausoleum.
MONROE – Born here in Monroe were black activist Huey Newton in 1942, and country singer Andy Griggs in 1973.
u Actress Barbara Payton married John Payton here in 1944.
MOORINGSPORT – Singer Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter is buried here at the Shiloh Baptist Church.
NEW ORLEANS – Famous people born here in New Orleans were: pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk in 1829, musician Louis Armstrong in 1901, playwright Lillian Hellman in 1905, singer Mahalia Jackson in 1912, actress/singer Kitty Carlisle in 1914, actress Dorothy Lamour in 1914, actor Ray Walston in 1918, musician Al Hirt in 1922, novelist Truman Capote in 1924, musician Fats Domino in 1928, Assassin Lee Harvey Oswald in 1935, author Anne Rice in 1941, journalist Cokie Roberts in 1943, actor John Larroquette in 1947, fitness expert Richard Simmons, 1948, newscaster Bryant Gumbel in 1948, actor John Goodman in 1952, Wynton Marsalis in 1965, singer Harry Connick Jr. in 1967, football player Kordell Stewart in 1972.
u Actress Jayne Mansfield was killed near here in a car accident on June 29, 1967.
u New Orleans was named the 8th most dangerous city in America in 2005.
u Louis Armstrong worked here in the Funky Butt Hall when a kid. He heard jazz for the first time here at Kinney's Hall where Joe "King" Oliver was playing. Louis was baptized here at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church at 139 S. Lopez on August 25, 1901. His father lived at 611 So. Roman St. At age 5, he attended the Fisk School at 507 So. Franklin near his home. * Rock singer Gram Parsons is buried here in the Garden of Memories Cemetery. He died of heart failure due to a tequila and morphine overdose in Joshua Tree, California. While his remains waited to be flown back to Louisiana for burial, two of his friends stole his coffin, took into the desert, doused it with gasoline and set it on fire - a wish he had made known to his friends in the event of his death. He is in Section K, R-12-11-2.
u Pirate Jean Lafitte is buried here in the Lafitte Cemetery. According to local tradition, Jean Lafitte lies buried between John Paul Jones and Napoleon Bonaparte. Story is that Napoleon was rescued from St. Helena by Lafitte in a fast sloop, but that he died on board and was buried here in secrecy. John Paul Jones was buried later beside him.
u Buried here in the Metairie Cemetery at 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. are:
– Civil War General Pierre Gustave Beauregard. He is in the Army Of Tennessee Memorial Section.
– Josie Arlington, a famous New Orleans whorehouse madam. Her red granite tomb, which she designed herself, features a life-size bronze figure of a young woman holding a bouquet of roses in her hands and knocking – the tomb door. She died in 1914.
– Musician Louis Prima. He is Section 8.
– Musician Al Hirt.
– Actress Marguerite Clark.
– Actress Dorothy Dell (Goff). Appeared in the film Little Miss Marker with Shirley Temple..She was killed in an auto accident at age 19 in Pasadena, California in 1934. She is in Section 148
– Ruth Fertel, founder of Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. She is in Avenue Bell at Avenue I..
– Columnist Dorothy Dix (Gilmer). She is in Section 167.
– Baseball player Mel Ott. He is in Section 146.
– Jim Garrison, district attorney. He charged Clay Shaw of planning the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
u Buried in the St. Louis No. 1 Catholic Cemetery at 400 Basin Street are:
– Charles LaSalle, brother of the famous explorer.
– Marie Laveau, New Orleans' best known voodoo queen. Her ghost is reported to be seen in the Cemetery.
OPELOUSAS – Born here in Opelousas were singer/actor Richard Eastham in 1916 and Chef Paul Prudhomme in 1940.
u It was here at the Star Barber Shop on May 22, 1934, at the junction of Interstate 49 & U. S. Highway 190, that Clyde Barrow had his last haircut and shave. He and Bonnie were killed in an ambush the next day.
PINEVILLE – Actress Faith Ford grew up here.
PRIDE – Actress Donna Douglas was born here in 1933. She was Ellie Mae on the Beverly Hillbillies.
RAYNE – Rayne is known as "The Frog Capital of the World." The annual Frog Festival in September attracts some 50,000 people each year.
u The old St. Joseph's Cemetery here is listed in "Ripley's Believe It or Not!" as the only known cemetery in the United States facing north and south, in contrast to the traditional east-west orientation. The most likely reason is simply that the grave-digger initially misunderstood instructions and decided the project was too far along to change the direction of the graves.
ROSEMOUNT PLANTATION – This was the boyhood home of President Jefferson Davis. The family Cemetery here contains the graves of his mother and sisters, one of which is named Lucinda.
SAILES – Bonnie and Clyde were killed in an ambush about 3 miles north of Sailes on May 23, 1934, on Sailes Highway (Highway 154 near the junction of Highway 793, north of Brushy Creek) between Sailes and Gibsland. Bonnie and Clyde often stopped at the Sailes Crossroadsstore nearby for soft drinks and snack food. The road where they were ambushed is nowpaved. At the site is a roadside area that has a granite marker that indicates the spot wherethe pair died.
SHREVEPORT – Born here in Shreveport were: actress Mary Miles Minter on April 1, 1892, football player Terry Bradshaw in 1948, and concert pianist Van Cliburn in 1934.
u Musician Jan Garber is buried here at the Forest Park Cemetery.
SUMMERFIELD – Basketball player Karl Malone was born here in 1963.
VINTON – Musician/singer Clarence “Gate Mouth” Brown was born here in 1924.
WINNFIELD – Politician Huey P. Long was born here in 1893.