Sugar Kettle, c. 1800
Jesuit priests brought sugarcane into south Louisiana in 1751. Soon, a thriving industry was born in Louisiana.
A product of the late 18th and 19th centuries, these sphere-shaped kettles which were made from cast iron, were primarily used in the production of sugar. Sugar cane could be made into sugar when the extracted juice was heated, clarified and evaporated in these kettles.
The sugar kettle is primarily a product of the South, where large cotton and sugar plantations were located. Since they were made cast iron, these vessels were also used for cooking on the plantation.
The majority of sugar kettles were sent off to be melted down for the nation's war efforts during World War II.
Erected by City of Opelousas Louisiana.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Industry & Commerce.
Location. 30° 31.905′ N, 92° 4.46′ W. Marker is in Opelousas, Louisiana, in St. Landry Parish. Marker can be reached from East Landry Street (U.S. 190) near South Academy Street
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 19th Century Outhouse, c.1890 (here, next to this marker); La Chapelle House (a few steps from this marker); Venus House (a few steps from this marker); Doctor's Office (a few steps from this marker); Rosa B. Scott (Anderson) (within shouting distance of this marker); J.S. Clark High School (within shouting distance of this marker); Union Pacific Freight Depot (within shouting distance of this marker); Louisiana Orphan Train Museum (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Opelousas.
More about this marker. The City of Opelousas Tourist Information is located on the grounds of Le Vieux Village Historical Park & Heritage Museum at the eastern entrance of Opelousas along U.S. Highway 190.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 28, 2017. It was originally submitted on August 28, 2017, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 201 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 28, 2017.