October 26, 2009

Pistol packing bridge

On the subject of the Interstate 10 bridge in Lake Charles, Louisiana, I neglected to mention one swashbuckling element of its design.

That touch was casting 5000 braces of crossed pistols in the design of the railing - a tribute to the spirit of the pirate Jean Lafitte, who prowled these waterways.

Lafitte and other waterborne brigands are celebrated in Lake Charles with a festival called Contraband Days.

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