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Read more about Natchitoches in Images of America, Natchitoches 

Nestled between stately live oaks, magnolia trees and the timeless Cane River is the beautiful town of Natchitoches.  The oldest settlement in The Louisiana Purchase and the third oldest town in the United States, Natchitoches was founded in 1714 by Louis Juchereau de St. Denis, who had been sent by the French governor of the colony of Louisiana, Pierre LeMoine d�Iberville.  Natchitoches became the westernmost outpost of the French Colonial Empire in the West and was erected to prevent further Spanish exploration within the colony.  


Natchitoches offers antebellum plantations, fabulous restaurants and a relaxing atmosphere.   See where the movies Steel Magnolias, The Man In the Moon and The Horse Soldiers were filmed.  Visit Fort St. Jean Baptiste or The American Cemetery, the oldest cemetery in The Louisiana Purchase.  Enjoy a day of shopping  or  take a leisurely stroll through the National Historic District or along the banks of the Cane River.  


Images of America, Natchitoches

Written by Payne Williams, a local historian and owner of the Rusca House,  on behalf of the Joyous Coast Foundation, which details the history of Natchitoches and shows how its myriad of cultures have blended to create the beauty of this timeless place.

To order your copy:

call 318-356-7118 or 

email the author at

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