Tuesday, March 20, 2012

1892 - The Situation in Bossier

In 1892, Bossier Parish experienced heavy flooding from the Red River. The May 29 issue of The Shreveport Times tells of the rising water, which threatened the railroad tracks in Bossier.

The Cotton Belt Railway ran a relief train between Shreveport and the flooded areas of Bossier Parish to get residents out of harm's way. As of the May 29th newspaper article, the relief train had brought about 200 people to Shreveport. On the train's last trip to Bossier, it encountered water a half mile north of Vanceville (which is along the Red River between Benton and Bossier City). "The water was over the track for about three miles and was from three to four feet deep. It was running so swift that the work trains could not accomplish anything...Owing to the condition of affairs, all trains on the Cotton Belt have been abandoned and will be compelled to remain so until the waters recede."

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