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Laurel Valley Sugar Plantation, Sugar Mill, 2 miles South of Thibodaux on State Route 308, Thibodaux, Lafourche Parish, LA



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HB502498
Distant View Of Mill Ruins With Boom Crane For Unloading Sugar Cane In Foreground, Looking W.

HB502499
View Of Mill Ruins Looking N.

HB502500
View Of Mill Ruins Looking E.

HB502501
View Of Cast-iron Sugar Kettle With Mill Ruins In Background, Looking S.

HB502502
View Of Mill Ruins Looking Sw With Unidentified Tank In Foreground.

HB502503
View Of Mill Boilers Looking Sw.

HB502504
Photocopy Of C

HB502505
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HB502506
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HB502507
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HB502508
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HB502509
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HB502510
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HB502511
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Location
2 miles South of Thibodaux on State Route 308, Thibodaux, LA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER LA-1-A
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-12).
Building/structure dates: 1840 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1895
Significance: Although the building has been ruined, a large collection of plantation records covering the period 1897-1926 has survived. Thus the manufacture of sugar can be examined from the perspective of a typical early Twentieth Century sugarhouse.

Subjects
Sugar Industry
T-plan Buildings
Mills


Related Names
Barker-Lepine
Behan & Zuberbier
Barker, Frank
Bush, Louis
De Bore, Etienne
Edwards, Daniel


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. Distant view of mill ruins with boom crane for unloading sugar cane in foreground, looking W.
2. View of mill ruins looking N.
3. View of mill ruins looking E.
4. View of cast-iron sugar kettle with mill ruins in background, looking S.
5. View of mill ruins looking SW with unidentified tank in foreground.
6. View of mill boilers looking SW.
7. Photocopy of c. 1906 photograph taken from top of water tower looking S at Sugar Mill; roof of Boarding House is in lower right-hand corner.
8. Photocopy of c. 1906 photograph taken from top of water tank looking S at northeast end of Sugar Mill; mill pond at left.
9. Photocopy of c. 1906 photograph looking NE showing original c. 1845 brick mill (round gable end windows) and later additions with dummy locomotive under steam in front of building.
10. Photocopy of c. 1912 photograph looking N showing original c. 1845 brick mill with c. 1897 3-story, wood-frame addition at end; cane shed extends out to the left.
11. Photocopy of c. 1906 photograph looking W at northeast end of mill showing cane shed and storage building; water tower in background is where many of photographs were taken.
12. Photocopy of c. 1906 photograph of coopers (barrel makers) posed in front of unidentified shed building.
13. Photocopy of c. 1906 photograph of Corliss steam engine that drove can crusher (maker unknown) that was located on second floor of mill building; the young boy on the left is J. Wilson Lepine.
14. Photocopy of c. 1906 photograph of 70 foot boom crane that unloaded the sugar cane.


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