DERIDDER, LA (KPLC) - Louisiana residents carried on the state's bicentennial celebration Wednesday by introducing a new showcase of Louisiana's history.
"Louisiana has such a wonderful history and diverse culture," said Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne. "We're unlike any other state in the United States of America. Any opportunity we have to celebrate that, and make sure Louisianans are more aware of that and visitors can explore some of these hidden gems, is a great thing for Louisiana."
Dardenne took time Wednesday morning to recognize some of those hidden gems in Southwest Louisiana as he unveiled the Myths and Legends Byway in Beauregard Parish.
"It's a great feeling, and it's an important aspect of what we do in the office of tourism," said Dardenne. "We celebrate Louisiana's passion for food, music, and recreational opportunities and outdoor life, and certainly history is a big part of that."
The byway is a planned route through Southwest and Central Louisiana with historical stops along the way. Those stops include the old Hanging Jail and courthouse in DeRidder, where Wednesday's unveiling took place.
In all, the Myths and Legends Byway totals 178 miles from start to finish. Dardenne said this is just the beginning of Louisiana tourism being celebrated.
"That's the aim of the game with these scenic byways, is to give people the opportunity to travel around the state and learn about Louisiana's history and unique culture," said Dardenne.
Elected officials, residents and even the author of the legislation witnessed the sign being unveiled.
"It's just a pleasure for me to work with this bill and working with people in Baton Rouge," said bill author Rep. Dorothy Sue Hill, D-Dry Creek. "I was honored to be able to carry this bill. I had a lot of help from the senators and representatives. They all pitched in and helped."
To view the Myth and Legends Byway maps and attractions CLICK HERE.