Bayou Petite Anse
Petite Anse actually means "Little Cove"'' in Louisiana French. This particular bayou runs along the west side of Avery Island before flowing south into Vermilion Bay and the Gulf of Mexico (through the Avery Canal). In the 19th century schooners regularly ascended the bayou to pick up loads of salt and sugar to transport to New Orleans or other ports as far away as New York.
In November of 1862, Union gunboats and a transport ship
of infantrymen steamed up Bayou Petite Anse to capture
Avery Island's salt mines. This amphibious assault failed, bu
Union troops did manage to capture Avery Island by land
six months later. Bayou Petite Anse is still used today by
recreational and commercial boaters seeking access to the
Intracoastal Waterway and Vermilion Bay. (Marker Number 2.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 29° 54.818′ N, 91° 54.56′ W. Marker is in Avery Island, Louisiana, in Iberia Parish. Marker is on Jungle Garden Road near Avery Island
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Southern Live Oaks (approx. 0.2 miles away); Avery Island Salt Dome (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Rock Salt Mine (approx. Ό mile away); McIlhenny (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bamboo (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sunken Gardens (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bird City (approx. 0.4 miles away); Boat House (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Avery Island.
More about this marker. Part of the Avery Island Jungle Garden driving tour.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 24, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 8, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 545 times since then and 193 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 8, 2018.