Rail station was key in Federal control during Civil War

When the Civil War began a century and a half ago, a new railroad connected New Orleans with the Atchafalaya River town of Brashear City, enabling passengers and freight to make quick connections with Texas-bound steamships.

The rail line, still moving freight east-west to and from the Crescent City was then known as the New Orleans, Opelousas and Great Western Railroad.

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