Witness this 1908 topo showing a very different route:
He had upped the ante. Oh my goodness. Suddenly the mystery of a mile of track between the horse shed, beer drinking Boudreaux and Thibodeaux, and where the SP attached to other rails leading to the Missouri Pacific ferry became a side show.
My previous excitement suddenly was replaced and amplified by this new revelation.
I think I found the source for this somewhat mixed up offering that follows.
Or, she took it from a mixed up source.
I'll use "rail center" since knowing the names of of old railroads is not my forte'.
It seems I may have been late to the party because there is a Wiki article which already mentions the railroad. But, I'd find more that others had found, my forte'.
The BRGT&O had its own which predates the famous ferry, Walker.
Historic era"West Baton Rouge Parish was formed in 1807; it was named Baton Rouge Parish until 1812.
The Baton Rouge, Gross-Tete and Opelousas Railroad was chartered in 1853. The company had an eastern terminus on the west bank of the Mississippi River across from Baton Rouge in what later became the City of Port Allen. A steam ferry boat, the Sunny South, made three trips a day to connect the railroad to Baton Rouge. The railroad ran westward into neighboring Iberville Parish passing the village of Rosedale. After reaching Bayou Grosse-Tete near the village of Grosse Tete, the line turned to the northwest and ran to Livonia in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana, a total distance of twenty-six miles. The roadbed westward from Livonia to the Atchafalaya River had been prepared by 1861".
Moving down the Wiki page:
"The Baton Rouge, Grosse Tete, and Opelousas Railroad resumed operation after the end of hostilities, but found the economy adverse, because of the devastation in agriculture. Moreover, its sixty-nine slaves had been emancipated and had to be replaced with hired labor. Furthermore, the "Great Crevasse", which occurred in the north end of West Baton Rouge Parish in 1867, caused flooding that greatly damaged the track in a low section about six miles west of the Mississippi River. The now unprofitable rail company eventually ceased operations in 1883. The assets of the railroad were acquired by the Louisiana Central Railroad and operated until 1902".
Me: I am having a hard time finding any material on the La.Central.
No, not the model railroad.
I have found Louisiana Central Railroad of Louisiana in a Wiki Listing. All I find on the Wiki page is that it was eventually in the Missouri Pacific family which makes sense because the MP's ferry was nearby. Wiki goes on to say it existed between 1868 and 1870 and was succeeded by the New Orleans Baton Rouge and Vicksburg RR.(1869 to 1881) when it was then taken over by the New Orleans Pacific which quickly was bought by the Texas and Pacific RR, a Missouri Pacific RR company)
And it goes on.
"The Southern Pacific Railroad built a spur line from Lafayette, Louisiana to Anchorage in West Baton Rouge very early in the twentieth century. The line ran in a straight line and is notable for crossing the Atchafalaya Basin. The line was never financially successful and was abandoned in the 1920s. Southern Pacific Road occupies the former right-of-way of a small portion of the (BRGT&O) line".
Then I said this:
I'm thinking the above writer (Mary Ann) is mixing up info. Was the Sunny South a MP ferry?
from the Anchorage (Sunshine, La) location.
This proves that the Southern Pacific did not follow the BRGT&O
8 miles are mentioned being 50#.
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Now on to what I originally had in mind for this write, my discovery,
a place where there is a horse shed and where 2 good ol' boys and their friends and
invitees drink beer.
Mark and I just came back from there. Burp.
This will take 2 seconds because I'm not arguing.
This is the hump on La.987
The "Historic Building" is a horse shed, NOW.
Let's get that out of the way.
I've related that Agent 00-L is with me as far at that goes.
After that point is my wild speculation. And it goes like this.
Remember the plant was not there in 1911.
Still there are things there that guide me that the plant and tank farm might have used, like the bed.
Now this is what turned the line for me.
The fence and the shed make sense.
I don't think it was always a horse shed.
Seems a horse shed wouldn't be aligned with a long gone railroad.
Those horses would be spooked.
The red line is floating out there.
Looking to the east this is my interpretation.
But, maybe not. Missing out with the T&P interchange might not have been that smart.
Sigh, the food was good but the indigestion, horrible. Oh well.
One more thought below.
I just did it again to make sure I still felt that way.
Yep, same results. It has to be considered.
Later is now.
It is Saturday morning and I am finding more.
This from Here
It is part of This, A GOLD MINE
Case 5: Transportation and Progress
Baton Rouge has been a port city since its beginning. Author Charles
East states that the Baton Rouge story goes from an "Indian site on
the banks of the river to the booming commercial and industrial city
of the [eighteen-] nineties a city shaped by innumerable twists and
turns of history, but perhaps by none more crucial than Standard Oil's
decision to build a refinery here in the early 1900s." The
petrochemical industry has dominated the banks of the Mississippi
River since 1909, when the Standard Oil Company opened its refinery in
In the 1920s, the city was known as the "greatest of fresh water
harbors." Ships docked at the foot of Third Street until 1926, when
the Baton Rouge Municipal Dock was completed at a cost of $550,000.
The dock was located where the Mississippi River Bridge meets the
Limited rail transport came close to Baton Rouge in 1857. Private
subscriptions and a $50,000 bonus from the city of Baton Rouge paid
for the construction of the Baton Rouge, Grosse Tete, and Opelousas
Railroad to serve the large sugar plantations west of the river. The
rails ran only from Port Allen to Grosse Tete. Despite the issuance of
stock certificates in 1867, the railroad did not survive the Civil
War. Southern Pacific purchased its rails and rolling stock and took
them away for use elsewhere.
In 1883 prosperity returned to Baton Rouge with the establishment of
the New Orleans & Mississippi Valley Railroad, which connected the
city to New Orleans. By 1940 Baton Rouge was connected by rail to all
parts of the country.
Although Baton Rouge is still a railroad town, highways have gradually
replaced the railroad as carriers of people and freight. Not until
1940, however, was a bridge built across the Mississippi River at
Baton Rouge. The combined highway and railroad bridge, started in
1937, cost $10 million and is 2.5 miles long. It was only the second
bridge in the state to cross the Mississippi; the first was in New
Orleans. In the 1960s construction began on a "new" Mississippi River
bridge to connect Interstate Highways 10 and 110. Now one of the
busiest interstate highways in the nation, I-10 dominates transit in
The following gold is from HERE.
It seems that bonds were issued later.
Convict Leasing in the Postbellum Era
I'm filled up again.
Remember that the Central Louisiana Railroad bought the remains of the BRGT&O.
Map of BRGT&O completed to Maringouin.
Map of the LNO&T mentioned above.
And, that's all I'm doing on this one.