Friday, October 19, 2007

Pass Manchac, the rest of the story

If you have never heard of Pass Manchac, don't feel bad. The area, though, does have a rich history. This fishing camp (note the shrimp boat on the left with its nets hanging on the rigging) sits on the pass which connects Lake Pontchartrain (the large body of water just north of New Orleans) with Lake Maurepas -- a smaller lake.

Lake Maurepas recieves the waters from the Tickfaw River, Amite River and Blind River. It's up these rivers where the real steaming history starts.

Little known is that there was once a well-travelled pass from Lake Pontchartrain, to Lake Maurepas through the Tickfaw to Bayou Manchac to the Mississippi River. The American troops in the War of 1812 sealed that connection (sinking boats there) to keep the British from being able to take the short cut into the Mississippi River.

The area has a rich Acadian (Cajun) heritage. Note to myself : We'll have to talk more about all this is future posts.

But what was I doing there? We all met for a good seafood meal at Middendorf's, a landmark for decades -- I think I had my first meal there back in 1975.

-- steve buser


lv2scpbk said...

Beautiful shot. Maybe you shouldn't wait so long to go there again. Looks like a wonderful place to take photos.

Roadrider said...

It's actually possible to travel by water, in a sufficiently small boat, from New Orleans all the way to east Baton Rouge without ever entering the Mississippi.

GMG said...

Had never heard about this pass, but the photo looks great! Also never thought that you could travel by water to Baton Rouge without entering the Mississipi...
Always learning!
The Desire Streetcar is superb!
Have a great weekend!

Moi said...

I totally gorge on sea food ..will look forward to reading more on Creaole heritage in future posts :)

Lothiane said...

Looks like a lovely plate, I hope the seafood was delicious! Nice to get to learn some of the history as well. :)

by the way, I've tagged you to write 8 random facts about yourself. You can read more about it on my blog.

A wonderful weekend to you!

• Eliane • said...

Very interesting!
Note to Steve: has to tell us the difference between Cajun, Acadian, Créole, ... I am a bit loss, I admit.