Thursday, January 23, 2014

Louisiana in the 1870s: When Cypress Was King

A multimillion-dollar cypress industry boomed in the Louisiana swamplands starting in the 1870s. Bayou Teche and the Atchafalaya River were once alive with steamboats towing cypress logs from virgin timberlands to sawmills.

Screaming saws and the smell of freshly cut cypress characterized logging towns that stood along the banks of the Teche and the Atchafalaya and other South Louisiana waterways.