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Breaux Bridge & I-10 Across the Atchafalaya Delta
It should be no surprise that as I drove into a town called Breaux Bridge, the first thing I looked for was a bridge. And I found one: this drawbridge over Bayou Teche has been allowing cars and boats to pass since 1950. It’s not the bridge that earned the city its name, though. That bridge was a footbridge, built in 1799 by, you guessed it, a guy named Breaux. Firmin Breaux purchased land and moved to the area in 1771. His first bridge became a landmark, and eventually, “Walk across Breaux’s bridge” evolved into the town’s name. Breaux Bridge’s …