• Out-of-Town Journeys.

    The country about New Orleans is beautiful and characteristically Southern. The land of Evangeline, immortalized by Longfellow, lies just beyond our doorways, and Arcady, sweet Arcady, the old hiding place of Lafitte, the first campgrounds of Iberville, are near enough to be familiar haunts.

  • The rude huts of the famous Choctaw Indians are but over the waterway, resting under the pines and bay trees of St. Tammany Parish. The mouth of the Mississippi, the Gulf and the great jetties are a few hours' ride distant, and all about and around the great sprawling city lie orange groves, white with blossoms, or golden with fruit, cane fields and plantations.

  • Among the out-of-town journeys which the visitor should not fail to enjoy is the trip down the river by steamer to Port Chalmette, over Lake Pontchartrain to Mandeville, Chinchuba, Covington and Abita Springs, the trip along the Mississippi coast to Bay St. Louis, Pass Christian and Biloxi, the trip to Lake Borgne over the Shell Beach Railroad, to the pine hills of Magnolia and Chatawa, Mississippi, on the Illinois Central, over the Mississippi Valley Railroad, a run to the State Capitol at Baton Rouge, a boat trip to Bayou Sara, to Vicksburg or to Natchez. The picturesque Teche country, in which dwell the peaceful and quaint Acadians, is less than half a day's journey by rail.

  • Mandeville,

    the nearest of the lake coast resorts, is one of the most picturesque of Southern watering places. It was one of the most fashionable resorts of old New Orleans. It lies in the heart of the piney woods district, and nearby is the beautiful village of Chinchuba, noted for its crystal springs. The Mandeville coast may be almost distinctly traced against the horizon from the shores of Milneburg, and is reached by excursion steamers from this point during the greater part of the year. It may be reached daily by the East Louisiana Railroad.

  • Within a few miles of Mandeville, easily accessible by stage or carriage drive from this resort, are the old towns of

  • Covington and Abita Springs.

    Both lie in the great piney woods belt, on the banks of the Bogue Falia River, one of the most picturesque and beautiful streams in the United States. Abita Springs derives its name from an old Indian legend, and signifies the "Startled Fawn." The waters are medicinal. Covington is a noted health resort. It may be reached by the East Louisiana Road or by the steamer Camelia, which runs from Milneburg to Mandeville, thence turns into the Tchefuncta River as far as OW Landing. A more beautiful or picturesque trip could not be imagined than along this winding river, with the pine trees singing their everlasting threnody along the banks, and the cypresses almost lapping their branches overhead. A pleasant trip can be made on the Shell Beach Road, which makes a run of an hour and a half to the Gulf, or up the Illinois Central Road to

  • Magnolia and Chatawa,

    the latter one of the prettiest hill towns of Mississippi, lying on the banks of the dark, fern-fringed Tangipahoa.

  • There are small boats going tri-weekly to the jetties, but the luxury of a river trip is only tested by a journey up the Mississippi River.

The up-river excursion to

Bayou Sara

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

New Iberia

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

Grand Island.

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

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