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Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society

Historic Areas and Sites in Calcasieu Parish

View along the River

The Old Spanish Trail route was heavily used until mid-century Highway 90 improvements and relocation, and the Old Bridge itself was partly demolished sometime after the “new, crossed-pistol bridge” was opened in 1951. (You can still see some of the western shore arches at the end of Shell Beach Road.)

For nearly a half century, this roadway was the primary routing for commerce and transportation cross-continent along the Gulf coast and southern United States. That busy highway is now near forgotten, but the rare beauty of Shell Beach Drive remains.

The postcard was provided from the collection of CHPS board member, Trent Gremillion.


The "new" bridge as viewed from the shoreline of Shell Beach Drive, Image courtesy of Trent Gremillion