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La Charrette Village

Interested in what Lewis & Clark, Daniel Boone, Zebulon Pike, John Colter, President Jefferson and other notables thought about America's newly acquired westernmost village? Enjoy the west...before it became distorted by TV, movies and novels.

Location: Port Aransas, Texas, United States

A retired professor of Food and Animal Science at Texas A&M University, The University of Connecticut and Texas Tech. A cowboy in my previous life...never thought about being a professor or an author.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Bousillage Cabins

The verticle log cabins at La Charrette Village were common to both French and Native American communities constructed at the time of the Louisiana Purchase. Since Village Charrette was established by Frenchmen with Native American heritage who were also married to Native American wives, it was entirely natural that bousillage (vertical log with mud and straw to fill the cracks) construction was employed. But when the Marthasville Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Committe chose to construct a replica of one for the 2004 celebrations, the concept was all but forgotten. Fortunately, I was able to provide them illustrations to proceed with construction. Go to the title link to see how they proceeded. Another is soon to be constructed in Marthasville Park to support future celebrations of local history. Today, only a few of the original bousillage style cabins remain in Louisiana as explained at http://www.tourlouisiana.com/rural_life_museum.htm The one show above is taken from my model of La Charrette Village. These unique, and rather crude structures with dirt floors and open windows, only added to the disparaging remarks offered by those visiting the village.


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