You don't need a history book to get Lake Charles history now. All you need for a local history lesson is your phone and the "Lake Charles Historic Tour" app.

Gary Shannon

The free app has been in development for the last year or so by the Southwest Louisiana Convention & Tourism Bureau. The app is a self guided tour through the unique architecture in the Victorian homes of the Charpentier District and  alerts you when you are near any Lake Charles historic site. Then the app will give you an option to watch a video about the history of the site. According to KPLC TV some of the history included are ghost stories of Southwest Louisiana and details of the Great Fire of 1910. The App was put together using information from the McNeese State University Archives and Louisiana digital libraries among others.