Most people know about Louisiana’s rich Cajun, Creole and French heritage and culture, but along the Boom or Bust Byway you will experience “Louisiana’s Other Side.” And you won’t be disappointed!
The Boom or Bust Byway follows Highway 2 and is defined by the Louisiana/Texas border and Hwy. 3049 on the west and Lake Claiborne on the east. The byway is comprised of four parishes: Caddo, Bossier, Webster, and Claiborne. As part of Louisiana’s French legacy counties are called “parishes” in reference to the territories that were historically under the pastoral care and clerical jurisdiction of one parish priest. Even today the Napoleonic Code (rather than Common Law) holds sway in the state’s courtrooms.
You’ll drive along roads lined with colorful wildflowers. Depending on the season, the highway might be lined with golden coreopsis, cheerful sunflowers, or crimson clover, often against a background of dark green pine trees. You’ll drive past placid bayous, peaceful plantations, shady forests, and productive farmland. You’ll pass pretty, well-kept churches reflecting the Protestant faith of most 19th century settlers. Instead of shrimp gumbo or crawfish étouffée, here you can feast on local favorites such as fried chicken, catfish, or chicken fried steak with green beans, okra, sweet potatoes, and cornbread. In the quaint towns, you’ll discover hidden treasures in the shops and fascinating history in the museums.