This is Lawrence Rast's blog. It deals with stuff that interests him--especially American Religious history, Lutheranism, the Pennsylvania Railroad, obscure music, and Africa.
My little home town here that's been in the flood news a lot lately, is a child of the Southern RR. As a child, I didn't realize this, but our one line going on a straight diagonal through town is the only section of Southern, Serves the South, in Louisiana or this far west. It was built in the mid 1880s and it ended on Canal Street in New Orleans. Although there is much history in the area, it's not usually related to the much later town of Slidell that the RR initiated. It was a lovely daytrip for shoppers back in the 30-40-50s. As it happens, our town even gets its name from the RR. Baron Erlanger, out of Chattanooga, and his wife were major stock holders. Much was made of the fact that the Baroness de Erlanger was the daughter of former Louisiana Senator and very successful businessman, and Civil War hero. After the WBTS, the Slidells settled in France and his daughters married into French families. Senator Slidell is buried in Paris, or near there, and had no direct connection with the town, named much later, nor the Parish, St. Tammany not being a Plantation parish (poor soil, we make bricks and timber, much of modern New Orleans is built of St. Tammany Parish lumber and bricks). FWIW
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