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What's in a Name?: Cut Off (2008)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Cut Off, Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, 29.5137252, -90.3667354

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2008-12-05

Duration: 00:07:32

Subjects: Natural Disasters | Cheniere Caminada hurricane, 1893 | ALLIGATORS | Alligator farming | Savoie's Alligator Farm (Cut Off, La.) | Boats and boating | Hurricanes


  • Whinham, Charlie Producer
  • Woods, Virnado Photographer
  • Guidry, Roland Interviewee
  • Curole, Windell Interviewee
  • Melancon, Lance Interviewee
  • Bell, Mike Interviewee
  • Sanford, Shauna Host


This segment from the December 5, 2008, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Charlie Whinham’s visit to Cut Off, Louisiana, along Bayou Lafourche. He talks to residents Roland Guidry and Windell Curole about the history of the town, including the creation of the cut off canal that gave the town its name, the influx of families after the 1893 Cheniere Caminada Hurricane, and the French referring to the town as “Cote Blanche” because all of the houses were painted white. Whinham also visits Lance Melancon at Savoie’s Alligator Farm, the largest alligator farm in the world. Lastly, he talks to Mike Bell about his family’s restored wooden oyster boat. This story is a part of the “What’s in a Name?” series. Host: Shauna Sanford