Footprints in Cloutierville

by Linda McGovern

If you didn't know Kate Chopin had lived there for a time, you might never have heard of or driven through Cloutierville with a second glance. Located along the Cane River in Natchitoches Parish in Northwest Louisiana, Cloutierville (pronounced Cloochyville) is approximately 260 miles from New Orleans. Kate Chopin described Cloutierville in one of her stories as, "This little French village was simply two long rows of very old frame houses, facing each other closely across a dusty roadway." 1 The quiet town hasn't changed much since Chopin's day and it still stands as a to...

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