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Tiny NATCHITOCHES (pronounced “Nakitish”), in the sleepy cottonfields of the Cane River, is the oldest European settlement in Louisiana, having begun life as a French trading post in 1714. With its lovingly restored Creole architecture, Natchitoches’s Front Street, on the river, bears a passing resemblance to New Orleans’s French Quarter – its lacy iron balconies, spiral staircases and cobbled courtyards complemented by old-style stores. Fleurs-de-lis on the St Denis Walk of Honor commemorate celebrities with local connections, such as John Wayne, Clementine Hunter and the cast of the movie Steel Magnolias, which was set and filmed here in 1988.