• Lake Providence, Louisiana - Lake Providence, Louisiana

      Photo by Dennis Goza
      It's ironic that Lake Providence has been singled out as one of the most impoverished communities in America, because the area is so rich in nature and history. If you like to fish, hunt or view wildlife, you'll be at home in the environs of the scenic lake. History buffs might want to check out the Louisiana State Cotton Museum, a 30 acre tribute to the region's iconic industry. There's also a historic marker commemorating the site of Grant's Canal, an attempt by the famed Civil War general and future president to divert the Mississippi River for strategic purposes. If nothing else, it's worth stopping to see the impressive crossword puzzle mural with words and images depicting various aspects of the community's colorful history. Other historic sites are only a short distance away.

      If you go:
      The address given is that of the Byerly House, a historic building constructed around 1900 that is a free museum as well as a visitors' information center and the home of the Chamber Of Commerce. Near the crossword mural you might find the remnants of what was once a quirky roadside attraction: the Perkins Door Museum, which featured an outdoor display of oddly decorated doors. As of this writing, alas, this exhibit has fallen into a state of neglect.


      600 Lake Street
      Lake Providence, Louisiana 71254 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      Byerly House Visitors Center
      +1 (318) 559-2850