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Friday, April 16, 2010

Chemicals and Catholics: River Road, Hahnville to Welcome

Today I was reminded of the old phrase, “fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.” After being stood up for the second time by the same business owner outside New Orleans, I decided to turn anger into creative energy, and took the proverbial long way home. My supposed appointment was in St. Rose, so I took the bridge over the Mississippi and took River Road home.

Lots of interesting sights along the way, from rural decay to lovely plantation homes. Let's go.

Luling Bridge, where I crossed the river.

luling bridge

First large house I saw – I missed the name of it.

red tin roof

Neat little grocery store, apparently closed, in Hahnville.

nice looking (closed) grocery store

smith's grocery

enjoy coca-cola

Further down the road...

lil' bee's

The pictures don't really do this justice – this little cemetery is completely surrounded by a Dow Chemical plant. I bet that wasn't in the cemetery brochure.

holy rosary cemetery

headstones, smokestacks

probably wasn't in the cemetery brochure

tranquil, sort of

After passing a nuclear power plant (decided it wasn't a good idea to stop and take pictures)...

oak tree, plumbing


out of business

When it was in business, it appears that the Edgard Center had everything you needed...

edgard center - your one-stop shop

everything you need under one roof

Across the street was Duck's Ice.

duck's ice

lonely, rubble

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and cemetery, which dates to the 18th century, apparently.

st. john the baptist church

st. john the baptist cemetery

st. john the baptist cemetery

These two storefronts are neighbors and looked nice.


e.j. caire & co.

Further down the road...

school bus, field

retired school bus

Evergreen Plantation.

evergreen plantation

oak alley near evergreen plantation

The Veterans Memorial Bridge in the distance.


near st. joseph plantation

The incomparable Oak Alley Plantation.

oak alley plantation

Getting toward the end...

st. paul baptist church

This is marked as the “site of the first Acadian settlers.” As you probably know, the term “cajun” comes from the word “Acadian.”

site of first acadian settlers

And our tour today ironically ends in the town of Welcome, Louisiana.

welcome, la


  1. The first plantation is Home Place Plantation, and the Holy Rosary cemetery was actually there long, long before the plants, obviously. It's where the church was located before it moved downriver.

  2. Thanks, Renee, and thanks for stopping by! I was looking at satellite imagery on Google maps, and noticed that there is another cemetery (Green Hill Cemetery) also located within the confines of the Dow plant. I didn't see it when I drove by because it appears to be "deeper" within the plant grounds. Very interesting.

  3. Nice to see your blog. Another item of interest, the area of the chemical plants you featured once was the home of the world's largest live oak tree, It sprouted in 1657, and was "The President" of the LA Live Oak Society. It was in the front yard of the manager of a dairy at that site, and was absolutely stunning. It was killed by emissions from area chemical plants and exists now only in memories. Look for mentions of the Locke-Breaux Oak for photos. My mother spent her childhood under the spreading arms of that great tree.