Louisiana Sites

Houses along Fannin Street

Fannin Street

Shreveport, Louisiana
Fannin Street in downtown Shreveport, Louisiana, was the center of activity in the tenderloin district known as St. Paul's Bottoms. Legendary bluesman Leadbelly was a frequent performer here in the early years of the twentieth century. Although most of the saloons and houses of ill repute on Fannin Street are now closed, some shotgun houses remain from the wild St. Paul's Bottoms days.
 
Entrance to Angola Prison

Angola

70712, 17544 Tunica Trace, St Francisville, Louisiana 70775
Notorious Angola Prison is located at the end of Louisiana State Road 66. The state bought the antebellum plantation property because it occupied a bend in the Mississippi River. Prisoners trying to escape often drowned in the river's treacherous waters. Bluesman Robert Pete Williams served time at Angola, but the prison's most famous inmate was Leadbelly. John and Alan Lomax, recording folk songs for the Library of Congress, recorded Leadbelly (among others) here for the first time. The Angola Prison Museum is located just outside the penitentiary's walls, and features artifacts and exhibits on prison life, jail breaks, and executions, as well as a small exibit on Leadbelly himself.
 

Last updated: November 2, 2017