The Heart of Louisiana: Historic Washington LA

History runs deep in the town of Washington, Louisiana

Historic Washington LA

The historic Washington LA is nowhere near the Mississippi River, but it claims to have been the busiest Steamboat port between New Orleans and St. Louis.

Cotton and other crops from nearby plantations were delivered to Washington, stored in warehouses and then packed on steamboats for shipment to New Orleans.

One of the original cotton warehouses, built in the 1820s, still stands on the edge of the Bayou.

Businesses in Washington were booming until railroads killed the steamboat in the early 1900s.

Many other historical buildings still stand today, leading to the entire town of Washington being declared as a national historical district.

To learn more about the history of the town of Washington, Louisiana, click here.