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What's in a Name?: New Roads (2006)

Lost Louisiana



Genre: Documentary

Place Covered: New Roads, Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana, 30.704029, -91.436666

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2006-03-20

Duration: 00:06:37

Subjects: History | MISSISSIPPI RIVER | False River (La.)


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Woods, Virnado Photographer
  • Costello, Brian Interviewee
  • Bello, O.J., Jr. Interviewee
  • Bello, Sarah Interviewee
  • Morgan, Glynn Interviewee


This segment from the “What’s in a Name, Part 2” episode of the series “Lost Louisiana” from March 20, 2006, features Charlie Whinham’s visit to New Roads in Pointe Coupee Parish. He talks to author and historian Brian Costello about the city being named after a “new road” built in 1776 as a shortcut between False River and the Mississippi River. Whinham also visits False River, a former channel that was cut off from the Mississippi River when it changed course in the early 1700s. He also speaks to longtime New Roads residents O.J. Bello, Jr., Sarah Bello, and Glynn Morgan about their family roots in the city.