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The Luling/Destrehan Ferry disaster in 1976 is one of the worst maritime accidents in history.
(Photos courtesy of the St. Charles Herald, Patrick Yoes, and Chip Zeringue)


The October 20, 1976, collision on the Mississippi River of the George Prince ferry and the Norwegian tanker Frosta was ranked as the top story of the millennium in the local press. It has been characterized as one of the worst maritime disasters in... Read More

Automobile and pedestrian ferry over the Mississippi River at Luling. Vehicles could cross the river here and at Destrehan, while pedestrians also used a small boat going between Norco and Hahnville. (Courtesy of The Herald)

Ferry Service Ends

The opening Early ferry service in the 1930s wasn’t always an easy crossing, especially in the spring when the river rose and the river was filled with driftwood. Since the 1800s, when minimal ferry service was provided by private citizens until later years when the... Read More

Parish Ferries

Foot ferries were also a popular mode of travel on the river and bayous. In 1887 parish officials decided the ferry system landing fees should be studied. In the past, travelers were at the mercy of having to pay fair and “not so fair” fees to whomever provided... Read More

Built in 1922, the St. Rose Tavern site has been a bar, hotel, restaurant, and barbershop over the years. As a hotel, it was used to house construction workers building the Airline Highway during the 1930s. This picture was taken in 2007.


The transition of public roadbeds from dirt to clam shell to gravel to asphalt or concrete in the first half of the twentieth century facilitated the establishment of new businesses, industries, and residential developments. Major changes occurred in the everyday life... Read More

Montz Train Wreck Source: Times Picayune

Montz Train Wreck

In November of the same year, a spectacular train wreck shattered the stillness of the night in the town of Montz. The headlines of the Times Picayune on Tuesday, November 12, 1912, stated, “Midnight Excursion Train Halted at Montz by Mishap Run into by Speeding... Read More

Des Allemands Depot. (Courtesy of Opal Dufrene)

Early Roadways and Commerce

In 1860, the German Coast residents still had dirt roadways that remained well into the twentieth century. Road construction was left to the respective parishes. The most used roads on both banks were those running along the Mississippi River. Those riding on... Read More