The New Orleans Pacific Railroad is a portion of the Gould system of railroads. Commencing at Marshall, Texas, it strikes the Red River at Shreveport (367 miles from New Orleans) and then follows the valley of the Red River, via Alexandria, to the Atchafalaya; thence to the Mississippi and along the right bank of it to New Orleans.
Alexandria, La. (193 miles from New Orleaiis.) Alexandria is a pretty little city in the interior of Louisiana, the junction of lines to Opelousas, Monroe and Lake Charles, so it will become a railroad centre. The country surrounding is very fertile, yields good crops of sugar and cotton.
Cheneyville. (169 miles from New Orleans.) Cheneyville is the junction of Morgan's Louisiana and Texas Railroad, which here leads (to the right) to Opelousas, the Teche country and New Orleans.
Melville. (128 miles from New Orleans.) The Atchafalaya is a deep and swift branch of the Mississippi River, across which this railroad company has built, with much difficulty and expense, a large bridge.
Baton Rouge Junction. (89 miles from New Orleans.) Junction Station. Branch road to Baton Rouge the capital of Louisiana, seven miles distant, and the junction of the railroad to St. Louis, Mo.
Plaquemine (84 miles from New Orleans.) Plaquemine (French word signifying "persimmon") is a thriving town, being the centre of a large sugar district and situated on the Mississippi and Bayou Plaquemine. Just before the train reaches the station, the bridge over Bayou Plaquemine is crossed. As the mouth of Red River, which empties into the Mississippi, is gradually being closed by the sediment deposit of that stream, the United States have put a lock in Bayou Plaquemine, so that steamboats can pass through Bayou Plaquemine into the Atchafalaya and thence into Red River.
DONALDSONVILLE. (64 miles from New Orleans.) Donaldsonville is situated at the junction of the Bayou Lafourche and the Mississippi River, and also of a branch railroad to Thibodeaux, 28 miles. This town is in the centre of a prosperous sugar planting district and does a thriving business. At one time it was the capital of the State. Bayou Lafourche (French word meaning "Forking") is one of the outlets of the Mississippi River and flows to the sea through a fertile sugar producing country.
St. Charles. (25 miles from New Orleans.) The road continues to pass parallel to the Mississippi River through miles and miles of broad fields producing fine crops of cane and rice. The tall chimneys of the sugar houses loom up on all sides. The train, after alternately rushing through a field of sugar cane or darting through a tangled swamp reaches Gouldsboro, opposite the city of New Orleans. The Ferry soon lands the passenger at the head of Terpsichore Street. Street cars one block distant, fare 5 cents. Omnibus and carriages meet all trains. See Hack Tariff.
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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