The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) May 11, 1872
Important Branch Railroad. The New Iberia Sngar Bowl, of the 9th inst., contains the following item relative to the contemplated construction construction of a branch railroad in that section of country, connecting with the Mobile and Texas Railroad. This will prove another channel of trade beneficial to New Orleans : We learn from good authority that the New Orleans, Mobile and Texas Railroad Company contemplate the early construction of a branch railroad from New Iberia, by way of Petite Anse or Avery's Salt Island, to Abbeville, a distance distance of about twenty - five miles. It will probably cross Petit Ause Bayou at a point that will be accessible by boats, where another branch road from the mines will bring out the salt; thenre continue a course nearly due west 10 Abbeville, passing on the south side, and near Joseph Jefferson's Orango Island. We are informed tliat the great actor has expressed a willingness to subscribe liberally toward the construction of such a road. When this road is built it will d velope the very best portion of Attaka - pas, to say nothing of the vast wealth now lying hidden in the Petit Ause salt mine. We believe this road will insure a bright future for New Iberia, and make it the second city in the htate. Who says New Iberia does not want railroads '.