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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

Cistern. (Courtesy of Janis Blair)


"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 of the citizens of St. Charles Parish! Natural gas contracts with private companies and an electricity franchise with Louisiana Power and Light Company were approved by parish officials. In the 1930s natural gas, then electricity, became available..." Read More

St. Charles Parish Community Health Center in 2009. (Courtesy of the St. Charles Community
Health Center)

Community Health

"St. Charles Community Health Center opened its doors in 2003 at 843 Milling Avenue in Luling directly behind St. Charles Parish Hospital replacing a state health unit, which had closed. The center’s mission is to provide accessible high quality healthcare through collaborative community efforts, to promote prevention and coordinate treatment, and to improve the healthcare status of the community with the emphasis..." Read More

Health and Education of the Colony

Health and Education of the Colony

"The French government policy to provide a doctor for each settlement failed when they were unable to attract enough physicians. Priests treated diseases through prayer, novenas, and the application of reliquaries and relics. Diseases such as small pox, yellow fever, malaria, mumps, fevers, and other illnesses often became epidemic in the settlement. No regulations existed regarding ..." Read More