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.)
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 Road/Main Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Avery Island LA 70513, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Avery Island Salt Dome (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Rock Salt Mine (approx. ¼ mile away); McIlhenny
More about this marker. Part of the Avery Island Jungle Garden driving tour.
Categories. • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 8, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 8, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 57 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 8, 2018.