Winter2019 travel blog

Flowering tree on U of LA at Lafayette

Enterence to the University


Main enterance to University

Continued on I-10 to Lafayette, LA where we stayed at the Lafayette KOA. Absolutely one of the nicest RV parks we have ever stayed in. Beautiful large sites and the setting around a lake is beautiful. We stayed here two nights and would return for a longer stay another time. First meal of gulf shrimp. Nothing better. We visited the University of Louisiana-Lafayette campus, home of the Ragin' Cajuns. Gorgeous southern architecture on this campus. See pictures unfortunately taken with my I-phone so not as good as with Dale's camera. Loved the city of Lafayette, but Louisiana needs to wake up and spend some time on their roads. The roughest, worst kept roads we have ever been on and I have said this years before and no improvements.

The earliest settlers in the areas were Atakapa Indians and Opelousas. By 1765 Acadians were arriving in New Orleans and the governor began settling them in the Lafayette area. In 1823 the Louisiana legislature divided St. Martin Parish that was established in 1812, and created Lafayette Parish. The name was chosen due to the enthusiasm of General Lafayette's visit the the U.S. The original city's name was Vermillionville and finally changed to Lafayette in 1884.

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