Minden Press-Herald

Sep 19th

Wire Road

The first major east-west road across North Louisiana

In this week's column I'm going to give a little history about the first major east-west road across North Louisiana, the Wire Road, or as it is better known, the Old Wire Road.

Prior to the 1830s, the migration of settlers to North Louisiana was almost entirely in a north-south line and most of the journey on water-borne transportation. In fact for most of 19th century in Louisiana water based commercial transportation was about the only practical mode of travel. The absence of any authority to pay for road construction combined with the moist soil in our state made any road building rare.

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