Monday, March 5, 2018

Southern Creosoting Plant - 1908

This postcard image shows the Southern Creosoting Plant in Slidell in 1908. Creosoting and supplying pilings and railroad crossties were major business activities in early Slidell. 

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According to Ryan Kirk, the creosote plant burned to the ground in 1915, killing 55 workers and 3 firefighters. The plant was rebuilt on Bayou Lane, closer to a water source and closer to a fire station. Eventually, creosote polluted the bayou which was a source of drinking water for many of Slidell's residents. The creosote plant was abandoned in 1986 and became an EPA Superfund site. The canal was dredged and waste incinerated until completion of the cleanup in 1996. At that time a boat launch was built and Heritage Park was constructed on the former site.