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.
Location. 30° 31.905′ N, 92° 4.46′ W. Marker is in Opelousas, Louisiana, in Saint Landry Parish. Marker can be reached from East Landry Street (U.S. 190) near South Academy Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 828 East Landry Street, Opelousas LA 70570, United States of America.
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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.
Categories. • Agriculture • Industry & Commerce •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 28, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 28, 2017, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 94 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 28, 2017.