BLAST FROM THE PAST: A Look Back at early 20th Century Garyville
Maria Rowley delivered these photos to L’OBSERVATEUR. Each image is a portal back to a time when men rode to work on horseback and women donned dresses and hats as daily wear. Agricultural plantations lined the bank of the Mississippi River, and a thriving lumber business was the center of activity for the growing town of Garyville in the early 1900s.
The Lyon Cypress Lumber Company provided 1,000 jobs, drawing families from surrounding areas and immigrants who had arrived in New Orleans, according to Carl Monica. The company also built the Garyville Northern Railroad. However, dwindling supplies of cypress and timber combined with two fires and the Great Depression spelled disaster for the lumber company, causing it to shut its doors less than 30 years after opening.
A majority of these photos were taken in 1911 and 1912.