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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


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 state/parish made ferry service available on a regular basis, crossing the river on the “ferry boat” was a time consuming and often times dangerous ritual which ..." Read More


Military records of LaBranche. (Courtesy of the Fortier Family Book)

Revolutionary War

"In January 1776, Thomas Paine published his Common Sense pamphlet rallying American colonies to part with their British king. Thirty-three-year-old Constitutional Convention delegate, Thomas Jefferson, attorney and planter, drafted the words for the Declaration of Independence. Several months passed and on July 4, delegates to the Second Continental Congress signed Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence and the Revolutionary ..." Read More


Lussan Store, Luling, was built in the late 1800s and moved three times for levee setbacks.

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 horseback or in horse-drawn buggies were faced with many obstacles, depending on the weather. Planks were sometimes laid to reinforce the dirt roads. Crude ferries carried travelers across the larger bayous, but the Mississippi River continued..." 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 Freight Which Crushes and Cremates Cars Crowded with Passengers for Woodville” (Mississippi). That headline spelled out in dramatic terms what had happened on Monday, November 11, 1912. The article following that headline gave very graphic information, including the names of the fifteen..." Read More


Cistern. (Courtesy of Janis Blair)

Infrastructure

"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


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..." 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)

Ferry

"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..." Read More