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First bridge over the Calcasieu River

This is one of two postcards showcasing what was then the "new" bridge over the Calcasieu River between Shell Beach Drive and Westlake.  

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.)

 CHPS board member, Trent Gremillion provided the image from his postcard collection.

Bridge across the Calcasieu River, courtesy of CHPS Board Member Trent Gremillion