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Pineville Things to Do

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    Detergent, anyone?

    by BuickMackane Written Mar 16, 2004

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    There's a Proctor & Gamble laundry detergent plant here in Pineville, located on US Highway 165. Believe it or not, there's a great demand from people who want to tour the P&G plant and watch the stuff being packaged. If that's not your thing, there are indeed other things to do in Pineville. The church presence is very strong here, perhaps due to Louisiana College, a well-known Baptist institution, being located in Pineville. You'll also see military personnel in camouflage gear everywhere you look, because Camp Beauregard is located in Pineville. There's a quaint old-fashioned museum downtown on Main Street in a firehouse. Alexandria National Cemetery is actually located in Pineville and features many interesting military tombstones for history buffs to study. Pineville has some housing subdivisions like College Park which are built around small lakes and they are quite pleasant to visit, especially when they are lit up at Christmastime. And speaking of holiday decorations, the City of Pineville goes all out -- they even hang lights from the water towers here!

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    Mostly Fast Food and Buffet-Style

    by BuickMackane Written Apr 22, 2004

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    Most tourists to Pineville cross the bridge into Alexandria for dinner. Although there are many highway fast food choices, that seems to turn most visitors off. There are two non-chain lunch-only buffet restaurants on Main Street; Lee J's on the Levee is expensive, but their bread pudding in brandy sauce almost makes up for it. A new fried chicken place recently opened on Highway 28 called Mowad's. Their tasty boxed chicken lunches immediately struck a chord with the locals and is a nice change from Popeye's and KFC. Try the Po-Boy Express on Military Highway for Louisiana-style sandwiches; they deliver! If you like Chinese buffet places, try China Queen inside the K-Mart mall on Monroe Highway (Route 165). Several other new restaurants are opening along Highway 28 East, so perhaps things will look up in this area!

    Business Route 165 (Main St/Military Hwy)

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Pineville Warnings and Dangers

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    Extremely dangerous driving!

    by BuickMackane Written Mar 16, 2004

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    Please, please, please be careful driving around Pineville. In all my worldwide travels, I have never seen such reckless behavior on the road. I actually felt safer fighting cabbies in midtown Manhattan than I do driving in Pineville, no kidding. My auto insurance premiums skyrocketed when I moved here, and I quickly learned the reason why. The people zooming through Pineville show no common sense or courtesy on the road whatsoever. Any car attempting to turn onto a road or merge into an expressway appears invisible to the other Pineville motorists; they do not slow down, brake or yield for any reason. The Alexandria Town Talk reports fatal car/truck accidents on a regular basis. On a two-lane highway such as Route 107 to Marksville, it is a common daily occurrence to witness an impatient motorist pass more than four cars at once. If you're doing 70 mph, you're still going too slow for most drivers here. The crowded highways are overpopulated by speeding Silverado and F-150 pickup trucks driven as if they are mobile middle fingers. The Expressway (US Highway 167) and LA Highway 28 rumble around the clock with logging trucks whose jagged cargo doesn't seem securely fastened. Proceed with EXTREME caution!!!

    Notice the skid marks--proceed with caution!!
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Pineville Off The Beaten Path

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    Fort Buhlow

    by BuickMackane Written Mar 16, 2004

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    Traveling north from Alexandria on US Highway 71/165, you cross the old, spookily narrow and otherwise undesignated O.K. Allen Bridge into Pineville and there's a nice manmade recreational spot called Lake Buhlow. Locals make a point of mentioning that the lake used to be a cow pasture!

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Pineville Sports & Outdoors

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    Sports Teams Visit Pineville

    by BuickMackane Written Apr 22, 2004

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    Perhaps it's because of Louisiana College, but Pineville is a popular destination for traveling sports teams. Boating at Lake Buhlow also attracts such nationwide groups as the Deep South Racing Association.

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