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Historic Shell Beach Drive

Young lady on Shell Beach Drive

Young lady on Shell Beach Drive.

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Lover's Lane

In 1888, “Lovers’ Retreat” was completed.  This was a long, winding bridge over Pithon Coulee that began at the foot…

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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…

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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…

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Shell "Road"

 An extensive oyster shell midden or mound was located near to where the Lake connected to the lower part of…

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Vacationing postcard from Shell Beach

This hand-colored postcard was mailed in 1908. 

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Walnut Grove in 1906

The route for the Old Spanish Trail took a 90-degree left turn onto Front Street (now Lakeshore Drive), crossed the…

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Black and white photo of bridge

From the collection of CHPS Board Member, Trent Gremillion, below is a black and white photo of the bridge connecting…

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Postcard image of Boat Club in Lake Charles

This postcard shows the boat club on Lake Charles.

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Parish Plat Book, Shell Beach Drive

This image, courtesy of CHPS Board Member Trent Gremillion, shows Shell Beach Drive West of Lake Street as well as…

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