Houma has a population of 32,393 people (2000). Houma is named after the Houmas Indian tribe and was founded in 1834. Houma boasts a square mileage of 14.2 miles.
Houma is known for its Cajun culture. Many residents are shrimpers, fishermen, and even trappers like Grandpere Jack. Careers in the oil industry are becoming more popular, showing that the Tates were very ahead of their time. Dancing and swamp tours are popular attractions in the city.
Spanish moss runs rampant in this part of Louisana, especially close to the bayou. Ruby makes mention of it many times.
Ruby is constantly referring to the cypress trees that inhabit the area she lives in. Cypress trees are found near the bayou.
Hurricanes do strike Houma, just as they do in the Landry series. Hurricane Gustav hit Houma on September 1, 2008. Electricity loss and damage occurred for many residents.
New Orleans is the largest city in Louisiana, named after Philippe II, Duc d'Orleans. A unique city, popular with tourists, its areas of interest include the French Quarter and Tulane University, not to mention the Garden District, where the Dumas family lives.
The French Quarter is composed of hotels, bars, souvenir shops, and restaurants. Bourbon Street is one of the most popular streets in the Quarter and other attractions in the area are Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, and Cafe du Monde. The restaurants include Creole, French, and Cajun food. Ruby and Pierre visit the St. Louis Cathedral to light a candle for Grandmere Catherine.
The most popular religion in the New Orleans area is Catholicism, influenced by the French and Spanish. French and Spanish culture influence the city in a variety of ways. New Orleans is also home to cemeteries with tombs above ground. Voodoo has a presence in New Orleans, reflecting a Caribbean influence on the city.
Pierre takes Ruby on a tour of the city, showing her the French Quarter, including Bourbon Street.
Ruby takes a streetcar several times in the book, most likely the St. Charles line. The Dumas family lives in the Garden District, on St. Charles Avenue. When the neighborhood was built in the 19th century, the homeowners were quite wealthy.