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Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

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This visitor center in the French Quarter of New Orleans is one of six sites of this widely scattered national park property.

Decatur Street in the French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana

November 12, 2015
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The Moon Walk on the MIssissippi
Jackson Square

 thumbnail - Visitor Center at Barataria Preserve

The Barataria Preserve is one of six sites that make up Jean Lafitte National Historical Park. The connection is that the swamps of southern Louisiana were effective hiding places for pirates such as Lafitte.

Barataria Preserve, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park, Louisiana

November 11, 2015
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Barataria Preserve - Visitor Center Trail

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A little further down the trail the swamp forest consists almost entirely of bald cypress, a conifer with deciduous needle-like foliage and characteristic "knees". The swamp water is stained the color of coffee.

Barataria Preserve, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park, Louisiana

November 11, 2015
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 thumbnail - Canal through the swamp at Barataria

The Barataria swamp was cut up with shallow canals when it was logged of its old-growth cypress, then again by deeper canals for oil exploration. Many of these have been backfilled and restored.

Barataria Preserve, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park, Louisiana

November 11, 2015
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Barataria Preserve - Bayou Coquille and Marsh Overlook Trails

 thumbnail - Marsh overlook at the Barataria Preserve

This nature trail ends at the marsh overlook platform. The distinction between a swamp and a marsh is the presence or absence of trees. A very small difference in elevation can make a huge different in vegetation.

Barataria Preserve, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park, Louisiana

November 11, 2015
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New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park

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This national park property consists of this visitor center in the French Market, and a performance space in the Old U.S. Mint a few blocks away.

Decatur Street in the French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana

November 12, 2015
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Poverty Point National Monument

 thumbnail - A model of the mounds at Poverty Point

A scale model of the mound system at Poverty Point is a good introduction before actually visiting the mounds.

Poverty Point National Mounument and Louisiana State Park, Louisiana

April 9, 2015
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Poverty Point Indian Mounds

 thumbnail - A boardwalk leads to the 70 foot high summit of Mound A at Poverty Point

It is an amazing thought, that people carried the earth to build these mounds up here on their back in baskets. It was constructed in less than three months.

Poverty Point National Mounument and Louisiana State Park, Louisiana

April 9, 2015
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