New Orleans, Jackson & Great Northern Railroad Company currency. (Courtesy of Phyllis Mayhall Barraco)

Sunday Excursion. (Courtesy of Phyllis Mayhall Barraco)

T he first railroads were built in the 1830s. Early railroad travel was dangerous as construction was unbelievably crude. Poorly installed rails worked loose and were forced through floors of coaches and cars. The boilers of locomotives would sometimes explode, animals strolled onto the tracks, flying cinders caused

fires, heavy rains and floods washed out bridges, and railroad cars would jump the rails. At times, passengers were asked or forced to help get the train going again. To add insult to injury, the railroad crews would occasionally stop the train enroute to enjoy a bit of hunting or fishing. Travel improved for German Coast residents when the first railroad lines were opened through St. Charles Parish probably in the early 1850s. Railroad spur lines were of great benefit to plantation and business owners because they connected those sites to the main line.

Bird's eyeview. Father Paret, 1859

 

German Coast

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Luling Depot. (Courtesy of Herald Guide profiles) Goodhope Depot. (Courtesy of Herald Guide profiles) Hahnville Depot. (Courtesy of Herald Guide profiles) Norco Depot. (Courtesy of Herald Guide profiles) Des Allemands Depot. (Courtesy of Opal Dufrene) Train Crossing over Bayou des Allemands. (Courtesy of Opal Dufrene) Destrehan Depot. (Courtesy of Herald Guide profiles) St. Rose Depot. (Courtesy of Herald Guide profiles)

 

 

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Copyright © This text is copyright material by Marilyn Richoux, Joan Becnel and Suzanne Friloux, from St. Charles Parish, Louisiana: A Pictorial History, 2010.

 


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Becnel, Joan Weaver, Suzanne Friloux, and Marilyn Mayhall Richoux. "Exploration and Discovery
(1542-1647)." Museum. History of St. Charles . St. Charles Museum and Historical Association,
29 2012. Web. 30 Nov 2012. <http://museum.historyofstcharlesparish.org>.

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Becnel, Joan Weaver, Suzanne Friloux, and Marilyn Mayhall Richoux. "Exploration and Discovery
(1542-1647)." Museum. History of St. Charles . St. Charles Museum and Historical Association,
29 2012. Web. 30 Nov 2012. <http://museum.historyofstcharlesparish.org>.

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Becnel, Joan Weaver, Suzanne Friloux, and Marilyn Mayhall Richoux. "Exploration and Discovery
(1542-1647)." Museum. History of St. Charles . St. Charles Museum and Historical Association,
29 2012. Web. 30 Nov 2012. <http://museum.historyofstcharlesparish.org>.

*  These articles and more are taken from a book published by the authors entitled St. Charles Parish, Louisiana: A Pictorial History.


 

 

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