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The "Queen and Crescent Route," also called the "North Eastern Road," is the direct route from Cincinnati, "the Queen City of the West," to New Orleans, "the Crescent City" of the South. Owing to the good condition of the road, very fast time is often made. On April 20th, 21st, 1884, a special train made the run from Cincinnati to New Orleans, 827 miles, in 23 hours and 20 minutes, or, if allowance is made for stops necessary to the care and safety of the train, the actual running time was 19 hours and 1 minute.

Meridian, Miss. (196 miles from New Orleans.) The town of Meridian has a population of 14,050, and is an important railroad centre. From this point roads diverge to Mobile, Jackson and Vicksburg, to Selma and northward to Columbus, Miss. Meridian is a great cotton shipping point which makes the town very lively during the Winter season and the place is building up very fast.

Enterprise (180 miles from New Orleans.) The North Eastern Railroad and the Mobile and Ohio Railroad here diverge, the latter going towards Mobile, Ala.

Laurel. (140 miles from New Orleans.) A new town settled by Western people and thriving with lumber, cotton and other industries. Ellisville. (133 miles from New Orleans.) A small shipping point for the surrounding country.

Hattiesburg (111 miles from New Orleans.) One of the principal new towns on the railroad and destined to be an important shipping point for the surrounding country.

POPLARVILLE. (71 miUs from New Orleans.) A prominent station on this road and rapidly growing.

Slidell. (29 miles from New Orleans.) This small place, with a large brick making plant, is named after Slidell, the Louisiana Senator, who was sent to Paris as Minister for the Southern Confederacy and was forcibly taken from the steamer "Trent" by Admiral Wilkes. At this point the land gradually slopes towards Lake Pontchartrain and the traveler is soon rolling over the great bridge.

Pontchartrain Bridge. The bridge, or trestle work, across Lake Pontchartrain is one of the longest bridges in the world, being 30,706 feet long (5.82 miles), of which the two draw-bridges are each 250 feet. This great work was built of creosoted lumber and the whole is constructed in a most substantial manner, so much so that in 1884, a special train made the distance from Slidell to New Orleans, twenty-nine miles, in thirty-three minutes. The lake is from three to fifteen feet deep and is navigated by schooners and other small crafts, which bring to New Orleans cargoes of lumber, sand, bricks, rosin, etc., from the shores of the various streams that flow into it on the North.

South Point. (18 miles from New Orleans.) The shore is reached near Pointe Aux Herbes and the soil here is very marshy. The railroad follows the lake shore {lake on the right) and suddenly comes towards the city, across the L. & N. R. R. tracks from Mobile, Ala., and then, by a direct line, reaches the lower part of the city and stops at the station on the banks of the Mississippi river. Street cars near the station to Canal street. Fare, 5 cents. Omnihus and carriages meet all trains. See Hack Tariff.

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Routes to New Orleans # Historical New Orleans Site Map
NEW ORLEANS GUIDE, With Descriptions of the Routes to New Orleans, Sights of the City Arranged Alphabetically, ans Other Information Useful to Travelers; Also, Outlines of the History of Louisiana, By Hon. James S. Zacharie, Second Vice President of the Louisiana Historical Society, Member of the City Council of New Orleans. F. F. Hansell & Bro., Ltd, New Orleans. 1893, 1902

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