I love vintage videos and photos. This weekend I found a video of Lake Charles from 1954. It takes you on a magical blast from the past all across the city.

The video is titled Lake Charles: The Town That Means Home. I found this gem on YouTube on the McNeese Archives channel.

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The video begins with several ariel shots all across Lake Charles. Then they switch to a boat running on the side of the Port of Lake Charles.

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Further along in the journey along the water, we can see an unfinished train track bridge that is being built across the Calcasieu River.

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We also get a good look at Downtown Lake Charles when it was alive with bustling businesses and tons of traffic.

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The video then turns its focus on local business and shows many different places and people during the workday.

Lake Charles Hardware Store:

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Lake Charles Office Building:

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Lake Charles Paint And Body Shop:

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Lake Charles Firefighters:

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The vintage video continues showing you around 1954 Lake Charles with a parade, a tour of a local school, and many more sights from around the city.

It was really cool to see the cars, how people dressed, and what the city looked like in 1954. I believe my wife was meant to be born in the '50s. Every Halloween she puts on her handmade poodle skirt and she wants me to dress up like a greaser.

Enjoy the sights and sounds of Lake Charles from 1954 below:

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