Louisiana Pastimes: Ancient Fishing Methods, the Hippo Bill, a Squirrel Stampede and Other Tales

Louisiana Pastimes: Ancient Fishing Methods, the Hippo Bill, a Squirrel Stampede and Other Tales

by Terry L. Jones PhD


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Few states can match Louisiana in terms of rich history, colorful characters and strange occurrences. It was home to America's first mound builders, the birthplace of the nation's modern army and the scene of a dismaying number of natural disasters. Louisiana's story also includes the weird and bizarre. Fish and worms have rained from the sky, sea serpents have been spotted off its coast and Bigfoot is said to roam the woods. From stampeding squirrels and bayou hippos to Native American hunters and sunken galleons, this collection of tales will entertain anyone who enjoys outdoor adventures and offbeat history. Award-winning author Dr. Terry L. Jones has tapped into his broad knowledge of Louisiana and his own outdoor experiences to produce this engaging book.

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ISBN-13: 9781467145848
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 03/16/2020
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 1,230,358
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Terry L. Jones was born in Newton, Mississippi, but grew up in Winn Parish, Louisiana, where his ancestors put down roots before the Civil War. After graduating from Dodson High School, he received a bachelor's degree in social studies education and a master's degree in American history from Louisiana Tech University. Jones then earned a PhD from Texas A&M University, where he specialized in the American Civil War. A professor emeritus of history at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Jones has published nine previous books: Lee's Tigers Revisited: The Louisiana Infantry in the Army of Northern Virginia (Louisiana State University Press, 2017); Louisiana in the Civil War: Essays for the Civil War Sesquicentennial (CreateSpace, 2015); The American Civil War (McGraw Hill, 2009), a college-level textbook; The Louisiana Journey (Gibbs Smith, 2007), a middle school textbook; Cemetery Hill: Struggle for the High Ground, July 1-3, 1863 (Da Capo Press, 2003); Historical Dictionary of the Civil War, in two volumes (Scarecrow Press, 2002); Campbell Brown's Civil War: With Ewell and the Army of Northern Virginia (Louisiana State University Press, 2001); The Civil War Memoirs of Capt. William J. Seymour: Reminiscences of a Louisiana Tiger (Louisiana State University Press, 1991), a History Book Club selection; and Lee's Tigers: The Louisiana Infantry in the Army of Northern Virginia (Louisiana State University Press, 1987), a History Book Club selection and recipient of the Louisiana Historical Association's annual General L. Kemper Williams Prize for the best book on Louisiana history. In addition to his work in history, Jones is also an award-winning outdoor writer and a member of the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association and the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association. He has been married to the former Carol June Janette for forty-three years and has two daughters, Laura and Amie.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

1 Nothing New Under the Sun 9

2 Alligator Tales 12

3 Last Island's Last Days 15

4 Déjà Vu All Over Again 18

5 Let's Be Careful Out There 21

6 Hippos in the Heartland 24

7 "The Most Impenetrable Jungles" 27

8 Panther Tales 30

9 The Chase Hunters 33

10 Louisiana's Pelican Seal 36

11 Louisiana's Only Fatal Alligator Attack 38

12 The Voyageurs 41

13 The Wreck of the El Nuevo Constants 44

14 The Madonna and Matt Dillon 47

15 It Came Out of the Sky 51

16 Louisiana's Early Game Laws 54

17 Squirrel Stampede 57

18 "I Never Saw Such Clouds of Ducks" 60

19 Elk in Louisiana? 63

20 The Next Disaster? 66

21 Catahoula Lake 69

22 The Flood of '73 72

23 The Wild Girl of Catahoula 75

24 Louisiana's Wild Men 77

25 The First Mound Builders 80

26 Sea Serpents in the Gulf? 83

27 A Shortage of Women 86

28 The Constitution of 1812 90

29 The School of Hard Knocks 93

30 The First Deer Hunters 96

31 Decimation and Restoration 99

32 Is Bigfoot in Louisiana? 103

33 Bigfoot: The Historical Record 106

34 Antoine de la Mothe, Sieur de Cadillac 108

35 The Texas Connection 111

36 Rules for the Road 114

37 The Mighty Red 117

38 The Freeman-Custis Expedition 120

39 The Spanish Touch 123

40 Lost in Paradise 126

41 Historic Hunters 129

42 Old School Hunting 132

43 Deer Hunting Evolution 135

44 The Red River Rapids 138

45 The Great River Raft 141

46 Trailer Trouble 144

47 My Mom 147

48 My Dad 150

49 The Protestant Intrusion 153

50 The Louisiana Maneuvers 156

About the Author 159

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