Monroe Your Boat Ashore

Monroe, Louisiana

With Russ and J.J.

July 2004

Monroe, Louisiana sits in the north part of Louisiana along the Ouachita River (NOT has started to love the name places in Louisiana).  And in the great flood of 1927, you could row all the way from Monroe to Vicksburg, MS as the Mississippi River flooded inland 75 miles.

NOT got to enjoy the beauty of his first bayou, the Black Bayou. Word.Net defines a bayou as a swampy arm or slow-moving outlet of a lake (term used mainly in Mississippi and Louisiana).  No matter what it was, NOT thought the bayou was beautiful, full of other wildlife he could commune with, if he could ever understand that accent.

NOT had to watch out for other wildlife, like this Lion!  Wait, those aren't native to Louisiana. In fact this one was pretty friendly, being that he was stuffed, and is part of the collection of the Museum of Natural History at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

One of the hidden gems of Monroe is the Biedenharn Museum and Gardens.  There NOT was able to run across not only a green oasis in the city, but a beautiful display of Russian Icons on special display.

The house is the former home of Joseph Biedenharn, who was the first to bottle a fountain drink called Coca Cola, while in Vicksburg, Mississippi.  After making his fortune, the family moved to Monroe and lived here. Out back are extensive and walled in gardens.

On the tour, you can celebrate this connection with Coke by using an old time Coke machine and buy yourself a bottle for a nickel. Even NOT could afford that.

Everyone was very friendly there, including his new friend Alice Smith, a guide at the museum. NOT was glad to have her around - that door was a bit much for him to open all by himself.

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Photos by J.J. Kwashnak

Last Updated November 2004