LPB's Charlie Whinham travels to North Louisiana to celebrate the 300th birthday of the oldest town in Louisiana and the first French settlement in what later became the Louisiana Purchase. It was also the site for the hit movie Steel Magnolias. 2014 marks the Tri-Centennial for Louisiana's picturesque and timeless community of Natchitoches. Settled in 1714 by Louis Juchereau de St. Denis, Natchitoches is the oldest permanent settlement within the territory of Louisiana Purchase. Natchitoches and surrounding areas include French, Spanish, Creole and native American influences that still exists today.
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