The seawall of Morgan City, LA.
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|Here I am on Front Street--May 30, 2010--back in Morgan City for the first time since February, 2003. The seawall is to the right.|| |
|This is a photo of Front Street I took back in early 1997. || |
|The gates are open on the seawall. When a hurricane threatens, or the Atchafalaya River is going to crest, all of the gates along the seawall are closed.|| |
|The U.S. 90 Bridge and the old bridge crossing the Atchafalaya River at Morgan City--May 30, 2010.|| |
|This is a photo I took with a disposable 35mm camera in early 1997. Note how oily and calm the water appears. || |
|The catwalk on top of the seawall--allowing for good views in all directions. || |
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|Looking down onto Front Street from the top of the seawall.|| |
|Not much has changed in Morgan City ... the downtown area looks as empty as it did when we lived there ten years ago.|| |
|Shrimp boats tied up at the wharf. || |
|A view of the river between the two bridges. || |
Robyn and the Rubber Ducky.
Me on top of the seawall.
|The Atchafalaya River was really high in late May; the water was almost covering the fishing wharf. || |
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|A BNSF train crossing the Atchafalaya River. According to a story I heard, there is a locomotive at the bottom of the river--it derailed many years ago and was left there--now covered with silt. || |
|The seawall with some decorations--this being a push boat with a barge.|| |
|Robyn on Front Street for the first time in eight years! || |
|Looking at the river from under the old bridge. A lot of memories come back seeing this--including one where Vernon and Robyn brought home a huge river turtle--I made them take it back to the river.|| |
Gil on top of the seawall.
|An oil platform decoration on the seawall. || |
|U.S. 90 (which someday will become I-49) passes through Morgan City as an elevated roadway. This area is used in late August for the Shrimp and Petroleum Festival; amusement park rides, games and food boths are set up under the bridge.|| |
Walking along Front Street.
|A portion of the old seawall--showing how high flooding got which prompted the building of the new, much higher seawall. || |
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|A plaque on the old segment of the seawall. || |
Front Street near Freret Street. It appeared a celebration had taken place the day before on Front Street--according to the Morgam City Mainstreet Stores website, the Johnny Firmin Band performed as part of the Rythms on the River 2010 Spring line-up.
|The Atchafalaya Cafe on Everett St. || |
|The old Post Office at the corner of First and Everett Streets. I went here every day to check my mail--P.O. Box 331. || |
|City Hall and the Courthouse. || |
|The Morgan City Public Library--another of my favorite places. || |
|Lawrence Park--at the corner of Second and Everett Streets. This park had a very ugly fountain.|| |
|I always liked this building at the corner of Second and Everett. A long time ago I used to know what it had been, but I've forgotten.|| |
|Looking down Second Street towards Railroad Ave.|| |
|These old stoplights haven't been in use for years--at the intersection of Second and Everett. || |
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|I've walked on this sidewalk thousands of times--particularly in 1999 when I didn't have a car for the entire year; I had a four-mile walk (round trip) to work.|| |
|The Rig Museum--something that Morgan City was very proud of when it first opened at about the time I moved there in September, 1996. The museum used to be the Mr. Charlie (which was white and had its name on the side), but this is another oil platform.|| |
|A closer look at the Rig Museum. || |
This is where I worked for a number of years: a guard shack was located at the telephone pole midway back--and oil platform workers would park their cars in the fenced lot and it was my job to be their shepherd. A very quiet and lonely job--and I loved it! This is when I got most of my philosophy reading done.
|At the end of the little road is the building where Ocean Energy used to be located--that was the company I was a guard for; the building is now vacant. To the left was a big white building where the offshore workers would wait to be flown out to the rigs--and the large grassy area was where the helicopters would land and take off. All of it gone, now. || |
|My little house on Nevada Street in Morgan City. We lived in Morgan City from August, 1996 to October, 2002.|| |
|The backside of my house and the little bit of property that went along with it. Note that the house rests on blocks above the ground; all houses in Louisiana are built this way because of the sogginess of the soil|| |
|The north side of my house.|| |
|My favorite place to eat for Southern cooking--Rita Mae's Kitchen on Federal Ave in Morgan City. || |
This is Rita Mae at the stove.
|The Paige Gertrude pushboat with a barge as it passed through the locks at Morgan City along the Intracoastal Waterway.|| |
|The locks are closing. || |
|One of the great things about living in the South is you get to see how things were done in the "old days". Here, a cable-ferry takes our vehicle across Bayou Beouf to get over to Avoca Island. || |
|This sign could be seen along the walking path in Berwick (across the river). || |
|Bayou Cocodrie near Amelia. The only way to get a photo of this area is by boat. || |