St. Charles Herald-Guide

German-Acadian historical and genealogical meeting

From staff and wire reports - March 25, 2014

LAPLACE – Jeff Roux will present “Davis Crevasse 1884—A Ship Steams Through It” at this month’s meeting of the German-Acadian Coast Historical and Genealogical Society at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25.

The Davis Crevasse formed on March 8, 1884.  The site, not marked by an historical marker, is located just downriver of Barton Ave which connects LA 18 and highway 90 in Luling in St Charles Parish and just upriver of the Davis Diversion. 

Roux said there are two ponds separated by the Union Pacific Railroad tracks remaining from the break.

In his 30 minute presentation Roux will tie together the following unlikely series of events and people: The New York Times, a volcano eruption, the cause of the crevasse, the steam powered sternwheeler “Patrol”, a steamboat voyage/journey from Cincinnati to New Orleans connecting via rail to Galveston, an Iowa press delegation’s visit to New Orleans,  a young civil engineer employed by the Mississippi River Commission, an experienced  (salty) packet boat owner/pilot on the route from New Orleans to Grand Isle and the water depth in Des Allemands. 

Roux is a graduate of Hahnville High School and Tulane University and lives in Ama with wife, Jara. He retired from the United States Navy in 1992 as a Commander.

Roux and his wife’s family names include Zeringue, Friloux, Champagne, Dubroca, Vial, Tinney and Haydel.

The event will be held at St. John Library, 2920 Highway 51 in LaPlace.