The up-river excursion to
affords an opportunity of seeing the very best part of the Mississippi River scenery, its orange groves and cane fields, and plantations with negro cabins sprawling in the sunshine, and all occupied the year round. The old town of Plaquemines, the beautiful college and convent in St. James Parish, the imposing State Capitol at Baton Rouge, set on terraced hills, and altogether charming, ore worthy of the two days, or perhaps less, time that it takes to make this trip. All along the way the big boats stop continuously, and the tourist has ample time to see plantation life and Southern villages, and know what it means to go boating along the Mississippi.
Another delightful river trip is up the Bayou Teche to
and the Old Town of St. Martinville.
Some of the finest sugar plantations in the State are to be seen along this route. The towns are also directly reached by the Southern Pacific Railroad. New Iberia lies on the dreamy and beautiful bayou, in the heart of this Land of Evangeline. This section of Louisiana is called the Valley of the Teche, and is famous for the exquisite beauty of its scenery and the great fertility of its land. It is called the "Garden of Louisiana."
From New Iberia to the
Great Salt Mine,
on Avery Island, is only a short distance. A little railroad carries the tourist to the mines. It is situated on Petit Anse Island, and the salt is found between eleven and thirty feet below the surface of the earth. The miners have worked over sixty-five feet into the solid salt, which shows itself on a level with tidewater. The salt is supposed to extend hundreds of miles below the surface of the gulf, and has been found to be superior to any other salt sold in the Southern markets. New Iberia is in the heart of a great duck, snipe and fishing country. The great comedian, Joseph Jefferson, has a summer home not far from New Iberia. If the visitor is interested in sugar-making, a visit to one of the plantations within easy roach of the city will be found satisfactory. Some of the largest of these estates are on the western side of the river, but if he wants to see the sugar country in its perfection, he should make the trip by steamboat
Down the Bayou Lafourche.
The trip can be made at a small cost in about twenty-four hours by taking a boat to Thibodaux, and thence back to New Orleans by rail. Bayou Lafourche is scarcely less lovely than Bayou Teche. The magnificent stretch of sugar lands, the beautiful plantation homes, the dreamy' bayou, the generous hospitality of the people, all combine to make the trip a pictured memory. During the grinding season, which lasts from November to February, a visit to a sugar plantation is delightful.
By going to Morgan City, over the Southern Pacific Road, excursions can be made on boat and steam tugs through the waterways by which the Atchafalaya reaches the gulf. Another very pleasant expedition is by steamer through the swamps and bayous to
This is a famous Creole summer resort, and is noted for its fine surf bathing. The Caminada Chenie're, the scene of a terrible disaster caused by a storm and tidal wave of 1893, through which over 2,000 lives were lost, is not far from Grand Island. Further on, outlined like a silhouette against the sky, is a dark strip of land, the last the eye rests upon ere the waters of the Mexican Gulf reach the sea. This is Isle DerniGre, or Last Island, which was at that time the most fashionable of all the gulf resorts. Thousands of lives were lost, and half of the island itself buried in the sea. Since that time it has been abandoned. It is a marked spot, and the great tragedy of Last Island ha» furnished many a theme for poet and romancer.The Picayune's Guide to New Orleans, 1904