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Historic Areas and Sites in Calcasieu Parish

Shell "Road"

 An extensive oyster shell midden or mound was located near to where the Lake connected to the lower part of the Calcasieu River at the foot of Shell Beach Drive.  This midden not only gave the road and area its name, but was also reportedly the location for several Indian skeletons, pottery and arrowheads.  Part of the midden was used to build a shell road eastward to the settlement at Lake Charles.

CHPS Board Member, Trent Gremillion provided this image from his collection of early Lake Charles postcards.

The "Real" Shell Beach Drive