The boom years: 1890-1940European settlers found oysters abundant in coastal Louisiana. By 1890, enterprising Houma oystermen saw opportunity in the availability of ice, expanding railroads, and advances in canning. Oysters could now be shipped across the nation.Houma boomed in the early 1900s as oyster processing plants flourished here along the bayou. The "Celebrated Houma Oyster" outpaced sugar as the prime commodity, driving the city's growth.Photo Captions, left rear to right top-Employees and proprietors of C. Cenac and Co., 1905, here along Bayou Terrebonne. Thousands of gallons of oyster meat was shipped out daily in ice-packed railroad cars. Mountains of discarded shells were used to pave roads and add grit to chicken feed.75 million oysters were shipped from Houma in 1905.C. Cenac and Co. shucking room, 1927. During its peak years, the oyster industry employed half of the population of Houma. Men, women, and children worked long hours during shucking season.Oyster shucking and antique oyster plate. Depending on availability, oysters have served as both a staple food for the poor and a delicacy for the rich.Motivatit Seafood produces award-winning Gold Band Oysters in its Houma oyster processing facility.
|Placed By||Houma Area Convention and Visitors Bureau|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Sunday, September 16th, 2018 at 11:01am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||15R E 720788 N 3276458|
|Decimal Degrees||29.59841667, -90.72023333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 29° 35.905', W 90° 43.214'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||29° 35' 54.3" N, 90° 43' 12.84" W|
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|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling South|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 7910 W Park Ave, Houma LA 70364, US|
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