Rayne, Louisiana: The Frog Capital of the World
I decided to stop by to check some frogs in Rayne on the spur of the moment thing after I left from Baton Rouge. The first thing I noticed is that sign that I find it funny. It’s always a deer crossing but this one, ha-ha.
Frogs and Rayne have a long history that dates back to the 1880s, when a gourmet chef named Donat Pucheu started selling, juicy delectable bullfrogs to New Orleans restaurants. Word of Rayne’s frog delicacies spread like wildfire and soon attracted the Weil brothers from France, who started a lucrative business exporting frogs to restaurants. Jacques Weil and his brothers started using “Frog Capital of the World” in their marketing information, once they learned that Sardi’s in New York boasted on their menus of offering “frog legs from Rayne, Louisiana, USA, Frog Capital of the World.” The rest is history.
It seems that the folks in Rayne not only have a whimsical sense of humor, but their vivid imaginations and creativeness are very much in evidence throughout the town in the form of 110 frog statues welcoming visitors to businesses throughout the town. The further I went rollin’ on the road, I didn’t realize that there are as well as several murals decorating the blank brick walls of buildings in the town featuring … what else, but … FROGS!
I didn’t have a lot of time huntin’ 110 frog statues all day long but there are a few good ones I took (as you see the pictures as above) while I was still driving…
Next time I come to Baton Rouge, I will definitely stop by and have my time shooting these frogs as much as I could, all day long.