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 downtown district is a walkable distance down the street from the bridge.
After exploring Breaux Bridge, hop onto I-10 for the drive east towards the state capitol of Baton Rouge.
Between Breaux Bridge and Baton Rouge, there’s a whole lot of swampland. It’s the Atchafalaya Basin–the largest swamp in the United States. Interstate 10 passes over these wetlands, on a pair of very long bridges, that go on for miles and miles without a curve or, sadly, a scenic viewpoint parking area. I had to make due with a few pictures shot out the window as I sped along.
The time-lapse dash-cam video shows more of the drive: