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Bon Temps

Bonetemps
Founder
Unknown
Owner
Location
Renard Parish, Louisiana
Function
Residential area
Associations
  • Stackhouse family
  • Compton family
  • Bellefleur family
Notable visitors

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Bon Temps, Louisiana is a town located in the fictitious Renard Parish (Louisiana's equivalent to saying "Renard County") on the HBO original series True Blood. The principal location in which most all events in the series are based, Bon Temps is the hometown of many of the show's primary characters.

Bon Temps is depicted as the typical Southeastern small rural town, with most of its residents being conservative, working-class American citizens.  According to the town's welcome sign, Bon Temps is the self proclaimed "Catfish Capitol of the South", and its "current" population is 2,744.

LocationEdit

Location-renard parish
Bon Temps is located in Renard Parish, Louisiana. It is about 22 miles from the large city of Shreveport and less than 3.5 hours driving distance from Dallas, placing it in between Minden and Shreveport. "Renard" is French for fox.

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DirectionsEdit

Directions on how to reach Bon Temps, coming through two of Louisiana's most well known cities. [1]

From New Orleans:

  • Head southwest on Royal St/St Charles Ave toward Canal St
  • Continue to follow St Charles Ave
  • At Lee Circle, take the 2nd exit and stay on St Charles Ave
  • Turn right at Calliope St
  • Take the I-10 ramp on the left
  • Merge onto US-90 N
  • Continue on I-10 W
  • Take exit 103B to merge onto I-49 N/US-167 N toward Opelousas
  • Continue to follow I-49 N
  • Take exit 84 for LA-28/US-167 toward Pineville Expy
  • Merge onto Alexandria Pineville Expy
  • Continue on US-167
  • Turn left at W Court St/US-167/US-84
  • Continue to follow US-167
  • Continue on Old Winnfield Rd
  • Turn right at Morrow St

From Baton Rouge:

  • Head west on Fairfields Ave toward N Ardenwood Dr
  • Turn left at LA-67/Plank Rd
  • Slight right to stay on LA-67/Plank Rd
  • Turn left at Scenic Hwy
  • Take the ramp onto I-110 S
  • Take the exit onto I-10 W toward Lafayette
  • Take exit 103B to merge onto I-49 N/US-167 N toward Opelousas
  • Continue to follow I-49 N
  • Take exit 84 for LA-28/US-167 toward Pineville Expy
  • Merge onto Alexandria Pineville Expy
  • Continue on US-167
  • Turn left at W Court St/US-167/US-84
  • Continue to follow US-167
  • Continue on Old Winnfield Rd

HistoryEdit

1800sEdit

Bon Temps was founded in the early 1800s, likely by French-Americans as the name of the town is French meaning 'Good Weather'. During the American Civil War it was nothing more than 'a hole in the road'. Many of the families living in Bon Temps have descendants still living there today. Sookie Stackhouse's family is a prime example having lived in Bon Temps for 200 years. The Compton family lived there until 2008 when Jessie Compton passed away. Another notable family on Bon Temps is the Bellefleur family, the family appear to be well established and wealthy, the Bellefleurs are related to the Comptons through Sarah Compton's marriage.

However, a Compton did return to Bon Temps, Bill Compton, a vampire and an ancestor of Jessie. There were residents of Bon Temps who fought for the confederacy during the Civil War, including Bill. Many current-day residents are descendants of Civil War veterans and are members of the historical society "Descendants of the Glorious Dead." The mayor's great-grandfather lived during the Civil War, and it is likely that his family have lived in Bon Temps since its founding.

BuildingsEdit

Bon Temps is an old town. It is likely that the oldest building is the church with its graveyard, as the settlers of Bon Temps would have been Christians. It is also been stated that Sookie's house, or at least parts of it, are 200 years old. Also Bill's house is very old. New buildings in Bon Temps would be Merlotte's Bar and Grill and the apartment Tara Thornton stays in during Season 1.

EtymologyEdit

Bon Temps comes from the French "Bon Temps", meaning "Good Weather". There is a chance, however, that the residents were meaning to say "Good Times".

Known ResidentsEdit

Notable LocationsEdit

Map of Bon TempsEdit

Map of bon temps

GalleryEdit

ImagesEdit

VideoEdit

Bon Temps' Testimonials02:30

Bon Temps' Testimonials

Residents of Bon Temps, Louisiana share their thoughts on Vampires coming to their small town.

ReferencesEdit

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