Cajun Pawn Stars TV Series on the History Channel

Filmed at the Silver Dollar Pawn & Jewelry Center
in Alexandria Louisiana

The History Channel announced in December of 2011 a new television series to take place in Alexandria, Louisiana. "Cajun Pawn Stars" featured Alexandria's Silver Dollar Pawn & Jewelry Center, and its owner Jimmie DeRamus and his family-owned business.

The first episode aired January 8, 2012, and after a highly successful first series, the second series began on June 6. Cajun Pawn Stars was produced for the History Channel by Leftfield Pictures.

Exterior of Silver Dollar Pawn & Jewelry Center, Lee Street, Alexandria, LouisianaSilver Dollar Pawn & Jewelry Center
2417 Lee Street, Alexandria, Louisiana

Cast of Characters in Cajun Pawn Stars

Jimmie DeRamus has been in the pawn business for nearly three decades, and is described as a virtual "walking encyclopedia" of knowledge about valuable and historic collectibles, and antiques.

He has served as President of the Louisiana Pawn Brokers Association for many years, and one of five members of the Association that helped rewrite Louisiana pawn laws. 

The DeRamus family lineage includes French and Cajun history, to be explored in some of the series scripts. In addition to Jimmie, also known as "Big Daddy", featured on the show are DeRamus' daughter Tammie and his younger brother Johnnie, and his wife Peggy.

Several employees of the store were also featured on screen. These Louisiana bayou pawn brokers include Robby Friend, Walt Piper, Tina Journet, and Fred "Yankee" Howell.

Other local "stars" in the show included a variety of customers and buyers including "quirky local characters". One character is known as "The Joker," appeaed in episodes such as "Joker's Wild" and "Joker's Big Score."

Also seen on the show were area antique appraisers and history experts.

About the Silver Dollar Pawn Shop

Silver Dollar Pawn Shop is one of the largest pawn shops in the South. The 20,000-square-foot store houses more than 100,000 items, and is an attraction for school and tourist bus tours.

The main room alone displays more than 43,000 items of inventory. Among the more popular items are Hollywood memorabilia, autographs, old coins, collectible firearms, antiques, and of course jewelry.

Silver Dollar Pawn Shop's address in Alexandria is 2417 Lee Street, at its intersection with Masonic Drive near Alexandria City Park, and across the street from Fire Station Number Four. It is just a few blocks from Alexandria's famous Hokus Pokus Liquor store and its iconic neon sign.

Silver Dollar can be found on the web at http://silverdollar-alexandria.com and reached at telephone number 318.487.6005, or toll-free 888.945.3168.

See map below for details of the location of the Silver Dollar Pawn Shop in Alexandria.

Filming Locations for Cajun Pawn Stars

Kent Plantation House, Bayou Rapides Road, one of the locations used for filming Cajun Pawn Stars in Alexandria LouisianaKent Plantation House, Bayou Rapides Road, one of the locations used for filming Cajun Pawn Stars

In addition to filming inside the store on Lee Street, some episodes were filmed on location at Kent Plantation House on Bayou Rapides Road, the Alexandria Zoo, Fort Buhlow Airport, and at various locales, subdivisions, lakes, and farms around Alexandria and Rapides Parish.

Other episodes featured nearby Louisiana parishes such as Avoyelles, Grant and LaSalle.

And the episode "Where's the Fire" had Jimmy DeRamus visiting with the new owner of the historic Bentley Hotel in Alexandria to discuss the possible purchase of 160 rooms of furniture at the then vacant hotel.

Cajuns in Alexandria

The descendants of French refugees who were forced out of Acadia in Canada in the 18th century and ended up in Louisiana were known as "Acadians", later shortened to "Cajuns". They are known for their resiliency, self-reliance, distinctive music, and vibrant culture.

And don't forget the fine Cajun cuisine and dishes like seafood gumbo, Boudin, Andouille sausage, Crawfish Etouffee, Crawfish Bisque, Crawfish Jambalaya, or maybe even fried alligator!

Most of Louisiana's "Cajun Country" is situated in South Louisiana, and often Alexandria represents the demarcation line between the South and North sections of Louisiana.

Yet Alexandria has a strong Cajun history and maintains a Cajun flavor. I clearly remember Cajun French being spoken by my father and others in barber shops, coffee shops and other places around Alexandria as recently as the 1960s.

And small towns nearby Alexandria like Marksville, Ville Platte, Mansura, Hessmer, Plaucheville, Mamou and dozens of other communities retain a definite Cajun lifestyle to this day.

So ... "Cajun Pawn Stars" in Alexandria? It works!


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Map of Silver Dollar Pawn & Jewelry Center in Alexandria Louisiana

Cajun Pawn Stars Episodes

Title
Date First Aired
Episode Recaps at History
Donkeys and Dollars
01/08/2012
Episode Recap
Sweet and Sour
01/08/2012
Episode Recap
Shoeshine Mike
01/15/2012
Episode Recap
Money Bzzzness
01/15/2012
Episode Recap
Joker's Big Score
01/22/2012
Episode Recap
Trick or Trade
01/22/2012
Episode Recap
Joker's Wild
02/06/2012
Episode Recap
Speed Demons
02/06/2012
Episode Recap
Under the Gun
02/06/2012
Episode Recap
Gimme Some Skin
06/04/2012
Episode Recap
Buy George
06/06/2012
Episode Recap
Some Pig
06/06/2012
Episode Recap
Little House on Bayou
06/13/2012
Episode Recap
Trigger Finger
06/20/2012
Episode Recap
Cash Cows
06/20/2012
Episode Recap
Fire Sale
06/27/2012
Episode Recap
High Caliber
06/27/2012
Episode Recap
Gone Fishin'
07/11/2012
Episode Recap
Double-Edged Pawn
07/11/2012
Episode Recap
Cash Kart
07/18/2012
Episode Recap
Springing Forward
07/18/2012
Episode Recap
Knocked Up
07/25/2012
Episode Recap
Bird Brains
07/25/2012
Episode Recap
Mail to the Chief
08/01/2012
Episode Recap
All Shook Up
08/01/2012
Episode Recap
Going Medieval
09/12/2012
Episode Recap

 

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Distance and Directions from the Silver Dollar Pawn & Jewelry Center to AEX Airport

The Silver Dollar Pawn & Jewelry Center is located about 8 miles southeast of
Alexandria International Airport (AEX) as shown in the map below
(click to enlarge Google Map and view driving directions)

The Silver Dollar Pawn & Jewelry Center is located about 8 miles southeast of AEX airport in Alexandria Louisiana