Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on June 4, 1977 · Page 15
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Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado · Page 15

Greeley, Colorado
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Saturday, June 4, 1977
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Sal.. June 4.1977 GREEIJSY(Colo.)TRlBW Island of ironies baff/es agoinsf the highway builders again By JULES LOll They're going to pave that Manchac from LaPJace at the nal running alongside the road of the filled-ih canal. They also families had no choice except at 55 miles an hour. ing- APSpetlalCorrespondenl swamp yet. . 'southern edge of the swamp to on the left, houses lining the ca- built a new concrete bridge to take the money offered them Time for a new road, a new The Interstate is schec MANCHAC, La. (API - So Their current effort, Inter--'Ponchatouk at the norUsern nal. As uncomplicated scene. A alongside the old wooden one. and leave. round of picking up and mov- be finished in 1980. By JULES LOU AP Spetlal Correspondent MANCHAC, La. (AP) - So far progress has shoved aside nearly all of this village and nearly half its people. The 48 families who have survived are bracing for another assault. If it doesn't work this time -- well, there's just no more room for a fourth try. The village is an island, an island of ironies in the middle of the great Manchac Swamp of southern Louisiana. Here alligators win the prize as most fearsome, egrets as most graceful, Spanish moss as most melancholy, crawfish as : most bountiful, and highway builders as most persistent. Britain loving their Elizabeth By ROBERT MUSEL .LONDON (UPI) - Queen Elizabeth was in the royal box at a Silver Jubilee circus gala at Windsor last week when one of the cast said: "Hasn't she done well?" ' The roar of assent from the crowd.almost lifted off the top of the tent. They played the National Anthem at the Silver Jubilee opera and ballet gala at the Theater Royal in Coveht Garden Sunday night and cast and audience turned towards the royal box and sang "God Save the Queen" with a fervor rarely heard in the land in recent years. The queen looked at her family, tiara glittering, grouped around her and there were answering smiles. London was confirming what everyone had realized from the warmth of the welcome the queen had received in her two-week jubilee tour of Scotland. In some mysterious way, in the 25th year of her reign, Queen Elizabeth seems to have made the transition from respect to affection in the hearts of many .of. her people. If this is so, and royal . observers think it is; it comes . at the perfect time. From June 6 to June 11 the kingdom marks the climax of the nationwide celebrations o f . her Silver Jubilee on the throne with a great service of-Thanksgiving in St. Paul's Cathedra! June 7 .which has been declared Silver.' Jubilee Bank (national) Holiday. : . Millions'of tourists are in the country -- officials believe more than a million have come specifically to attend the Silver Jubilee events -- and there is scarcely a hotel room in or 'near the capital. Banners and flags are flying, buildings are decorated with Union Jacks and pennants, photographs of the queen smile from thousands of windows and flagmakers, caught short by demand, are working overtime. Although the entire year is studded with Jubilee events the centerpiece is the colorful procession of the queen from Buckingham Palace to St. Paul's. She will ride with her husband, Prince. Philip, in the golden coronation coach, drawn by eight matched white horses with liveried and bewigged postillions. She will be escorted by her Household Guards on black chargers with gilded breastplates and helmets. And directly behind the coach, one of the most splendid . carriages on earth, will ride the heir to the throne, Charles, prince of Wales, on his own horse and in the dress uniform of an officer of the Welsh Guards. The week opens June 6 with the annual spring Bank Holiday, when the queen, accompanied by her husband and , Queen Mother Elizabeth, lights a huge bonfire -- a 30-ton, 40- foot-high mountain of brushwood--at Windsor. At the same time other "Fires of Friendship" will blaze along the points of the compass linking the far ends of the United Kingdom to the fortress-castle of the monarchy. Each beacon will be visible from the'next with specially large fires in the capitals of Wales (Cardiff), Scotland (Edinburgh) and Northern Ireland (Belfast). The queen and the entire royal family will take part the next day in the procession to St. Paul's and in the services conducted by the archbishop of . Canterbury and the archbishop of York, the primates of the Church of England, and other high clerics. They're going to pave that swamp yet. Their current effort, Interstate 55, is a concrete monster just being born. It looms 20 feet overhead and rests atop great pilings pounded 250 feet into the goo. 'At 57 million a mile it is a valiant try. It isn't the first. · "When I came here 33 years ago there were only two automobiles in the village," Virginia Succow, the postmistress, recalled. "There really wasn't any place to drive a car, just the one road." The one road ran through Manchac from LaPJace at the southern edge of the swamp to 'Ponchatouls at the northern edge. ' It crossed Pass Manchac, the village's southern border, on a wooden bridge. A pass is an arm of water connecting two lakes, in this case Lake Maurepas and Lake Pontchartrain. The Illinois Central railroad tracks paralleled the road. · Driving from south to north, then, a motorist crossed the bridge and came upon the village of Manchac: A cluster of buildings bordering the road on the right, a ca- nal running alongside the road on the left, houses lining the canal. An uncomplicated scene. A fishing village of about 80 families, bait store, church, boatyard, postoffice. That's the way Mrs. Succow found Manchac when she arrived in 1944 as a wartime bride. Fourteen years later the state deemed the road.inadequate. Work crews arrived. They dug a new canal to fill the old canal -- which itself had been dug for the clay to build the old road's base. Then they laid down a new, wider road on top of the filled-ih canal. They also built a new concrete bridge alongside the old wooden one. Two roads, two bridges, side by side. Mrs. Succow and others who lived along the old canal had to move back and make way. Not. too far back, though, or they would fall in the new, enlarged canal. ' Not forward either. Across the two roads and the line of stores ran the railroad tracks and beyond. the tracks uninhabitable swamp. The new road left no room for most of them. About 30 families had no choice except to take the money offered them and leave. The new road served Louisia- nians well. It became the key road north from New Orleans and handled heavy traffic. 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