Zachary Taylor Parkway

Length: 203 miles

Time to Allow: One to two days for a self-guided tour

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Overview

Named for the only Louisianan to be elected President, Zachary Taylor Parkway Byway is the state’s byway of Military History. Zachary Taylor was the 12th president of the United States. Previously, Taylor was a long-termed officer in the U.S. Army – he became a national hero as a result of his victories in the Mexican-American War. He established military forts along the Mississippi River. After the Louisiana Purchase, the western boundary of Louisiana was in dispute with Spain. When it was finally resolved by the Adams-Onis Treaty, Taylor established Fort Jesup to restore law and order into the area called the Neutral Strip or No Man’s Land. He gained experience and popularity that helped his career. Other military sites on the Zachary Taylor Byway include Forts Randolph, Buehlow, Fort Saint Jean Baptiste, Camp Beauregard and nearby Fort Polk. Running through several parishes, the 200-mile byway will take visitors through a treasure trove of natural resources, recreational opportunities and scenic beauty, as well as vast agricultural lands.

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