“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Morgan City in Saint Mary Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)

Morgan City

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December 22, 2017
1. Morgan City Marker
Morgan City began on the site of the Tiger Island Sugar Plantation owned by Dr. Walter Brashear, a prominent surgeon from Kentucky. It was incorporated in 1860 as Brashear City, then renamed Morgan City in February 1876, in honor of Charles Morgan, New York magnate who made Brashear City the center on many of his steamship and railroad activities.

During the Civil War, it became important as the western most supplyline of the Union Army since it was the terminal of the New Orleans, Opelousas and Great Western Railroad. It was from here that the Union Army made its Teche Campaign.

Since World War II, Morgan City has grown rapidly. The present day growth started with the beginning of the offshore oil exploration and drilling in 1947. Kerr McGee's Rig 16 became the first producer of oil in the open Gulf. In 1972, a historical maker was emplaced commemorating this event.

Brownell Carillon Tower - In a beautiful setting by Lake Palourde. The 9.5 acre park shows the many varied plants that grow wild along the ridges of these swamps - palmettos, elephant ears, ferns, etc... The 106 ft. tower contains 61 bronze bells cast in Holland. On Hwy. 70, open to the public 9-4, Thursday - Sunday, except for major holidays.
Erected by City of Morgan City.

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December 21, 2017
2. Morgan City Marker
29° 44.209′ N, 91° 10.487′ W. Marker is in Morgan City, Louisiana, in Saint Mary Parish. Marker can be reached from State Highway 70 1 miles north of Fig Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3559 LA-70, Morgan City LA 70380, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lake Palourde (approx. 1.4 miles away); Attakapa Militia (approx. 3 miles away); Dr. Walter Brashear (approx. 3 miles away); First Offshore Oil Well (approx. 3.1 miles away); Civil War Years (approx. 3.4 miles away); Fort Star (approx. 3.4 miles away); The Governor Jared Young Sanders Memorial Monument (approx. 3.4 miles away); Sacred Heart Of Jesus Church (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Morgan City.
More about this marker. Located within the Brownell Memorial Park & Carillon Tower.
Categories. Industry & CommerceSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil
Morgan City Marker image. Click for full size.
December 22, 2017
3. Morgan City Marker
Brownell Memorial Carillon Tower image. Click for full size.
December 22, 2017
4. Brownell Memorial Carillon Tower
Credits. This page was last revised on December 25, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 25, 2017, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 77 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 25, 2017.
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