Buras in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
The 1893 Hurricane
— Belle Chasse Plaquemines South —
The 1893 Hurricane hit south Louisiana on the night of October 1 claiming over 2000 lives. One of the survivors was 25 year old Paul Harris who was working as an orange picker on the Pizzati Orange Plantation near the present site of Citrus City in Buras, Louisiana. Through the darkness Paul and his fellow workers braved the wind and swirling waters carrying women and children to safety from the Pizzati house to the Pizzati warehouse.
In 1905, Paul Harris, then a lawyer in Chicago, founded Rotary. The Rotary Clubs of Belle Chasse and Plaquemines South thank God for saving Paul Harris that fateful night and giving "Rotary" a chance to live.
October 1, 2018
Erected 2018 by Rotary International, Belle Chase Rotary Club, Plaquemines South Rotary Club.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Disasters • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations. In addition, it is included in the Rotary International series list. A significant historical date for this entry is October 1, 1893.
Location. 29° 20.84′ N, 89° 27.874′ Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Buras LA 70041, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Plaquemines Parish (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Jackson (approx. 0.6 miles away); Eads Jetties (approx. 0.8 miles away); Bayou Mardi Gras (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named Bayou Mardi Gras (approx. 0.8 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on September 3, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 3, 2022, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 124 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 3, 2022, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.