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(Publication courtesy of the American Society of Civil Engineers)

Hale Boggs Bridge/Interstate I-310

"In October 6, 1983, life as St. Charles Parish citizens had known it for over 250 years changed forever with the opening of the Luling/Destrehan Bridge. It was hailed as one of the biggest events of the millennium. The new link it provided between the east and west banks of the river spurred residential and economic growth and offered opportunities for cultural and social..." Read More

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 history. The 120-foot George Prince and the 665-foot Frosta collided as the ferry made its early morning journey from Destrehan to Luling mainly carrying industry workers as it had done ..." Read More

Taft to Norco foot ferry. (Photo
courtesy of Bryan Zeringue)

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 landings. Competition at other landings was irrelevant as traveling up or down the River Road to get to the next landing was, at times, very difficult. After several years of allowing ..." Read More