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What's in a Name?: Bunkie (2005)

Lost Louisiana



Genre: Documentary

Place Covered: Bunkie, Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana, 30.955435, -92.184687

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2005-12-08

Duration: 00:08:51

Subjects: Railroad stations | Calloway, Cab, 1907-1994 | Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974 | History | HISTORIC PRESERVATION | Railroads | Long, Huey Pierce, 1893-1935 | Music | JAZZ


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Woods, Virnado Photographer
  • Carruth, Nancy Interviewee
  • McNabb, Tommy Interviewee
  • Moreau, Gerard Interviewee
  • O'Quin, Phyllis Interviewee
  • Harris, Sonny Interviewee


This segment from the “What’s in a Name, Part 1” episode of the series “Lost Louisiana” from December 8, 2005, features Charlie Whinham’s visit to Bunkie in Avoyelles Parish. He talks to lifelong Bunkie resident Nancy Carruth about the city being named after a two-year-old and her stuffed monkey. He also meets with Tommy McNabb, the owner of the historic Bailey Hotel, who shares his impression of Governor Huey P. Long campaigning at the hotel. Whinham also tours the newly restored Bunkie Train Depot with Phyllis O’Quinn of the Bunkie Chamber of Commerce. Lastly, he talks to Sonny Harris, the son of the owners of the Blue Moon Night Club, about the club hosting jazz greats, including Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway, during the 1940s.