The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) July 8, 1880

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The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) July 8, 1880
 - A Railroad Trip to Vermllioaville. ' If any one...
A Railroad Trip to Vermllioaville. ' If any one desire to see one of the most beautiful countries that God in his wisdom ever made on his footstool, let him take the ears at Algiers at 8 a. m., ana move on to Verm ill onvi lie, 143s miles from New Or - leana. and 63 miles from Berwick's Bay and Morgan City. The farmer has added noth ing to tne enarm 01 una country m urajr fnntanoea he has ffreatlv marred the charms of nature by slovenly farming and a rural architecture that is sometimes niaeous, This country was, donbtless, much more beautiful 300 years ago than it is now, bnt When the country is completely settled with skillful aod pro parous farmer, and thnee nrairies are dotted with thousands of beau Ural cottages, convenient farm buildings, fine hedges and fences, groves of orange trees and live oaks, and gorgeous flower 'gardens and flower - bearing shrubbery, and vineyards ana oroneras, ana - jersey cows and Merino sheep, fine roads and fine bridges, fine farm and earrlage horses, then Attaxapaa, irom uie i.eoae u uw moraiou - taa.and St. Landry, from the Atobafalaya eent agricultural region to be found on this broad earth. Fanned by sea breezes. and free from malaria, it now has a better reo - ord for health' and longevity than any portion portion of the Northern. Middle or Western RtatM. and this country has never been overflowed since the memory of man, and nmnir nan be down to the thousandth gen nratinn. There is a doubtful tradition that in a remote period in the past the west bank of the Teshe was submerged and some of t.hA nrairles were . nnder water, bat the ort is aouotiess untrue, aoo uie natural snk on the west side of the Teyh proteots A Paaerasaic View ftwa the Cam, From Berwick's Bay to Bayou Said Sta tion, a distance of about sixteen or seventeen seventeen miles, the road passes through swamps and marsh lands, and across the back lands of the Teche plantations, and there is nothing very interesting m the view. From Bayou ie xo iTssxun tne scenery improves. The sugar plantations of the Teche, and sugar. nouses ana planters' awemngs and cane fields are In full view, and the tall cypress wun its gray oeara oi Dpanisn mosses, ana the grand old live oaks are In full view in all their glory, clothed In their richest sreen. - . From Franklin to Baldwin's 8tatlen, and to soners, and weannerette, fand011viers, and New Iberia, the scenery Is everywhere miereeung. iue vypremorsana au Large prairies, extending from a short distance above Baldwin's to New Iberia,' and spread ing out irom to s or 7 muesin wiatn rrom the west bank of the Tec he on the east to the chain ox tail cypress trees on the west, which stand between the prairies and the sea marsh, are now clothed in their richest ro he. Tbe cultivated cultivated fields and open prairies and waving ioretis,tne suaae trees arouna cue farmers' dwellings, the Islands of timber, the willows in um ravine ana sxirtmg the ponds and natural drains of the - prairie lands; Lake xasse.or epanisn Lase, orange, or Jefferson's Jefferson's Island, and Petite Anee, or Salt Island, dimly seen in the distance, are all in their glory now. But distance lends enchantment to u range isiana ana .rente Anse and Span ish Lake ana Lake Pelgneur. One must visit tnem u ne wisnes to know how beauti ful and charming they are. TravellBg Facilities. ' Before the railroad was built beyond Morgan City, the distance from Morgan uij oy me usuai carnage roaa was aoout eighty miles, about 17 miles more than by raiiroaa. - in not w earner, ana in tne rainy season, the trip was extremely uncomforta ble for horse and manpartioularly so for women and children. There were but few shade trees or watering places in the almost unbroken land from the bay to New Iberia, and the road across the prairie to Vermilion - vllle was in places horrible. Tbe Harding road, above Franklin, was sometimes impassable, impassable, even for persons on horseback, and tney nan. to taxe to tne neias ana the turn roads. The Vermilion vllle people had to go across tne prairie over twenty miies to Hew Iberia, to take a steamer seventy - two miles to Mor gan City. The Teohe people sometimes had to sit np nan the night, or until morning. for a boat. Now they can leave Vermillon - ville at 8 A. M - , daily, roll across the prairie to New Iberia in about an hour, reach the bay before noon.and New Orleans at 4)$ P. at. - j.uey can lesve .new urieans in the morning ana arrive at Franklin at JP.1L. at New Iberia about an hour later, and at vermilion vii je Deiore sunset, even when the days are shortest. This railroad brings At - takapas almost at the very gates of New Orleans, and soon the people of 85. Landry. and of all the country between Vermillon - vllle and Houston, will be neighbors of the citizens oi jxew urieans. i i J

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