Gateway to the Great Southwest Prairie

The Gateway to the Great Southwest Prairie was painted by an internationally known muralist and Louisiana native, Robert Dafford. The captures the beauty of Louisiana prairies. In this painting, Dafford depicts an explorer and his horse gazing out on the land that became Eunice, the Prairie Cajun Capital, charted in 1894. Dafford is constantly sought out for his dramatic, large-scale illusions. He has painted more than 300 murals across the United States, Canada, France, Belgium, and England.

The mural can be found in Eunice, Louisiana at the old Ardoin’s building on the corner of Laurel Avenue and Second Street. You can also learn more about native prairies at the Cajun Prairie Habitat, also located in Eunice.