Natchitoches, LA Air Conditioning Repair & Service
Native American Natchitoches
Natchitoches is the oldest permanent settlement in the territory obtained through the Louisiana Purchase. The city is named after the indigenous Natchitoches tribes who originally lived in the area. The word Natchitoches is believed to come from a Native American word for pawpaw.
Louisiana’s Cane River region was originally populated by several Native American tribes. The first documented contact with the Natchitoches Caddo and the Yatasi Caddo occurred in 1700. That is when a French explorer named Louis Juchereau de St. Denis met the Natchitoches tribe. The natives enjoyed good relations with the early French settlers, and Natchitoches prospered as a trading center. These tribes ceded most of their territory to the French Creoles in the late eighteenth century, and the land was acquired by the United States in 1803 as part of the Louisiana Purchase. The City of Natchitoches became an incorporated municipality in 1819.
The City of Natchitoches
Union troops set fire to the city during the Civil War to cover their retreat from a battle at Shreveport, but Confederate soldiers pursuing the Union troops arrived in time to battle the flames. The city was only partially destroyed. Many of the remaining structures have been preserved through the intervening years, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation named Natchitoches as one of a “Dozen Distinctive Destinations” for historic preservation in 2005.
Architecture, which had long been a bastion of blue-collar apprenticeships in the various construction trades, gained acceptance as an independent profession in the early decades following the war. Architects began incorporating contemporary philosophical ideas into their designs, and many beautiful buildings were designed and constructed. The 33-block Natchitoches Historic District is an extremely popular tourist destination and attracts more than a million visitors each year. It contains three authentic French Creole townhouses as well as other notable architectural styles.
The Natchitoches Genealogy Library is notable for its contents as well as the architecture of the museum in which it is housed. It contains French conveyances and mortgage records, census records for Natchitoches Parish for the years 1820 to 1920, and microfilm copies of a 93-year period of the Natchitoches Times.
Aside from historical documents and structures, Natchitoches also draws visitors for its modern attractions. The Bayou Pierre Alligator Park, which is open in the months of April through October each year, features hundreds of alligators throughout seven acres of exhibits and habitat. Visitors can touch alligators, feed alligators, have photographs made with alligators, and even eat alligator in a variety of delicious Cajun meals.
The Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery, which is the only federal fish hatchery in Louisiana, raises aquatic species in 53 ponds with 46 surface acres of water. Freshwater Louisiana pearlshell mussels are raised for a species recovery program. Alligator gar and alligator snapping turtles are raised for species restoration programs. Bluegill, sunfish, channel catfish, and largemouth bass are raised for release into local surface waters for recreation stocking programs.
Screenwriter Robert Harling, who wrote Steel Magnolias and First Wives Club, is from Natchitoches. It is also sadly known for being the site of Jim Croce’s fatal plane crash in 1973.
Air Conditioning Service in Natchitoches
Natchitoches celebrated its tricentennial anniversary in 2014, and the usual festivals and events will be turned up a notch. Visitors can keep up with coming events by reviewing a calendar maintained on Natchitoches.gov and ExploreNatchitoches.com. In addition to all of the cool tricentennial special events, Natchitoches locals will also have the usual summer heat to deal with. Good air conditioning service can make hot summer days inside just as enjoyable as a picnic outside or a trip to the Kaffie-Frederick General Mercantile Store.
When air conditioning decides to misbehave, however, things in Natchitoches can get sticky pretty quickly. The good folks at Pioneer Comfort Systems know everything there is to know about air conditioning repairs, and they can get a broken system up and running in no time. They also know their way around a furnace, and they even have licensed plumbers on staff to help with water or sewer problems. Call Pioneer Comfort Systems today for help with all of your heating, cooling, or plumbing needs.
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