One of the unfortunate casualties of the great flood of 2016 was my slide collection. I lost many thousands of slides to that event. I have about two shoe boxes of slides left (perhaps less than a thousand). But those slides that were spared were generally “seconds” and other “unimportant” slides. Indeed, they were in shoe boxes located on a high shelf in a closet only because there was no room in the drawers that housed my collection.
The photos I’ve been showing these past few months are scans of slides, and in a few cases, prints that managed to survive. Here’s another of those survivors:
The Louisiana Cypress Lumber Company was a fairly extensive operation in the first half of the 20th century. They had a store and mill complex located on Highway 51 south of Ponchatoula, Louisiana. They also had a railroad operation that hauled the cypress timber to the mill. Locomotive #3 is a small 2-8-0 that was retired and put on display in front of the store on Highway 51. This photo was captured (to the best of my memory) sometime back in the 1960s.
This locomotive still survives, and was moved many years ago into the heart of Ponchatoula, located at the intersection of E. Pine Street and SE. Railroad Avenue. It’s right across the street from the former Illinois Central depot. It’s in generally good shape, though it suffers from somewhat “misguided” decoration on occasion. But . . . she still survives!