Bayou Terrebonne

Bayou Terrebonne (HM2BEI)

Location: Houma, LA 70364 Terrebonne Parish
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 35.906', W 90° 43.211'

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Historic highway for commerce and life

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the bayou in front of you was Houma's busiest thoroughfare. You might have seen hunters, trappers and fisherman bringing seafood and animal hides to market. Boatmen hauled crops to inland railroad hubs. Profiteers used the bayous to reach the burgeoning oil fields.Eventually canals were dug to connect bayous and shorten trade routes. By the 1930s, the Intracoastal Waterway and paved roads provided more efficient travel. The bayou here today is no longer "navigable," but it remains a reminder of Houma's early "boom" years.Photo captions left bottom to top right - Oyster boat of William J.P. Cenac and associates. c. 1910. Seafood plants, stores, plantations, fishing camps, and homes lined the bayous from inlans cities to the Gulf. Seasonal flooding deposits sediments along bayou banks. This process creates natural levees - elevated layers of soil suitable for buildings and agricultural.School boat on Bayou Black, c. 1920. Residents traveled by boat for work , school, church, shopping, and recreation. Some even took refuge on boats when hurricanes threatened to sweep houses away.Men and mules towed boats against the bayou currents, creating paths along the banks. These cordelles evolved into roads that parallel the bayous today. Bayou, a French version of the Choctaw Indian word

bayuk, means "Small Stream."
Placed ByHouma Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
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Date Added Sunday, September 16th, 2018 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 720792 N 3276460
Decimal Degrees29.59843333, -90.72018333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 35.906', W 90° 43.211'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 35' 54.36" N, 90° 43' 12.66" W
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Area Code(s)985
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7930 W Park Ave, Houma LA 70364, US
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