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What's in a Name?: Iowa (2006)

Lost Louisiana



Genre: Documentary

Place Covered: Iowa, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, 30.2423709, -93.0309941

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2006-03-20

Duration: 00:06:31

Subjects: History | Watkins, J. B.


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Woods, Virnado Photographer
  • Berry, Joe Interviewee
  • Denison, John Interviewee
  • Cash, Joe Interviewee
  • Haney, Arlie Dugas 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 Iowa in Calcasieu Parish. He talks to Dr. Joe Cash of McNeese State University about the role of J.B. Watkins, an owner of land, a railroad, and a newspaper, in encouraging people from the Midwest to move to southwest Louisiana, including the town of Iowa. Whinham also talks to Joe Berry, John Denison, and Arlie Douglas Haney, descendants of the founding families of Iowa, about their ancestors naming the town after their home state of Iowa, the lives of their ancestors, and growing up in Iowa.