Who do you think should manage Ferriday water?|
Though he certainly does not possess the political sway he did just one year ago, Bobby Jindal proved last week that even an unpopular governor can whip state lawmakers into line when the stakes are high.
|'Twas the voice of the Almighty that spoke'|
On Sunday, May 11, 1840 -- four days after a killer tornado flattened Natchez and Vidalia -- the Weekly Courier and Journal reported: "People are leaving Natchez every hour, and by midsummer, if the present spirit prevails, we shall have little else than a ruined, deserted city."
|The Great Race: Natchez vs. Robert E. Lee|
It was considered the greatest steamboat race ever on the Mississippi River when in 1870 the Robert E. Lee defeated the Natchez in a sprint upriver 1,210 water miles from New Orleans to St. Louis in three days, 18 hours and 14 minutes.
|Death & destruction in 1882 flood|
"The remarkable tenacity of the people here to their homes is beyond all comprehension," wrote a reporter for the News Orleans Times-Democrat on Saturday, March 25, 1882.
|'Cry Me a River'|
One thing is certain on the eve of the 2013 regular legislative session.
|Heck of a track record|
With the public's attention in Louisiana focused on Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposal to overhaul the state tax code, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu managed to fly below radar over the weekend and voted for $1 trillion in new taxes.
|Eyewitness to the Princess nightmare|
In the early 20th century, James "Jimmie" Morris Morgan wrote about a life-changing event that had occurred six decades earlier when he was only 14 years old. In his autobiography published in 1917, he recalled: "I was an eye-witness of the blowing-up and destruction by fire of the Princess, the finest steamboat on the Mississippi in those days."
|Mark Twain's Mississippi steamboat stories|
In the days of the steamboat in the 19th century, no man possessed more absolute power or was held in higher esteem than the steamboat pilot.
True, the captain made the whole operation hum, but it was the pilot who knew the Mighty Mississippi like his own backyard. A steamboat pilot's memory had to be perfect. The river in his mind had to be as familiar as the face of his wife or the voice of his child.
|A ride on the Thompson Dean|
The Thompson Dean was one of the biggest steamboats to operate on the Mississippi River during the last half of the 19th century.
|Three steamboat disasters at Black Hawk Point|
During the 19th century, three steamboat disasters were recorded along the southern Concordia shore at Black Hawk Point, located about 42 miles south of Natchez and 12 miles north of Fort Adams.
|The way the game is played|
Since the pontificators apparently feel a couple of recent PPP surveys on Louisiana politics represent the most accurate samples of the public's mood in the state since James Carville exclaimed, "It's the economy, stupid," it's only fair that we take a closer look at PPP and its work.
|Steamboats & suckers: 'Go and sin no more!'|
Gambling had always been a steady pastime of the flatboatmen who kept Natchez Under-the-Hill buzzing during the late 1700s and early 1800s. Later, the steam engine changed the world of commerce and sparked a major industry on the Mississippi -- gambling.
|Murmurs, murders, business & steamboats|
So busy was the Natchez landing under-the-hill in the mid-19th century that the well-respected national newsweekly, the Niles Register, reported that 38,000 bales of cotton had just been loaded onto vessels bound for Liverpool and 3,500 bales for Boston.
|Roemer the outsider|
Republicans are targeting eight states in hopes of taking control of the U.S. Senate in the 2014 mid-term elections.
|Frank Morris Murder Series|