09/25/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Coastal Erosion Challenges Perseverance Of Louisiana Fishing Community

GOLDEN MEADOW, La. -- The men still bark orders in a French patois here while at work along the banks of Bayou Lafourche, a watery main street whose lazy currents the color of smoky topaz flow south to other Cajun towns and the Gulf of Mexico.

The route enjoys a history of beguiling newcomers with its curious swamp-life customs, pirate tales and exuberant seafood offerings, which were already well-documented in 1941 when writers for the government's Work Projects Administration set out to create travel guides for all the states. The writers' project has been republished online and is attracting new attention.

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