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sulphur [2021/08/21 17:44] therbligsulphur [2021/08/21 18:17] – [Barge Canal for Union Sulphur Co] therblig
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 The canal still exists, but is cut by cross-fill at a number of points for roads, so it is now a series of long sloughs rather than a working canal. It runs east-west, oddly enough, from where the Union Sulphur Works were (a region now filled with other mining and petroleum facilities) to the Sabine River to the west. The Sabine itself is enlarged in several passages until it is of a size for barge traffic, through Sabine Lake, to the Gulf, near Port Arthur, Texas. It is not clear why Union Sulphur took this extremely long route compared to the 4-5 miles to Lake Charles, which already had barge-scale connections to the Gulf. A study of the history of the era and when canals were dug and extended would probably provide an answer. It may have been as simple as right-of-way. The canal still exists, but is cut by cross-fill at a number of points for roads, so it is now a series of long sloughs rather than a working canal. It runs east-west, oddly enough, from where the Union Sulphur Works were (a region now filled with other mining and petroleum facilities) to the Sabine River to the west. The Sabine itself is enlarged in several passages until it is of a size for barge traffic, through Sabine Lake, to the Gulf, near Port Arthur, Texas. It is not clear why Union Sulphur took this extremely long route compared to the 4-5 miles to Lake Charles, which already had barge-scale connections to the Gulf. A study of the history of the era and when canals were dug and extended would probably provide an answer. It may have been as simple as right-of-way.
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 +**UPDATE:** The 1908 //Moody's// article linked below was just found, and pleasantly confirms nearly all my careful guesses about the history of this project. It claims FBG was paid in full for the project despite Union Sulphur having them abandon it.
  
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sulphur.txt · Last modified: 2021/08/21 18:31 by therblig

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