The most common form of transportation for the socially
elite in Port Orleans was the horse and buggy, 1889.

From the very first ship that sailed into the Sassagoula delta with Pierre d’Orr and Phillip Leane at the helm, transportation has always been a personal experience for the residents of Port Orleans.

Once the town was developed, the streets that formed were usually narrow enough to allow only a single carriage to pass. Most residents used a two-horse buggy because the soft delta sand was too difficult for one horse to pull through. Even after the roads were paved, the two horse buggy was the primary mode of transportation. The residents took great pride in their matching horses and colorful buggies.

As for traveling on the waterway, the steamboat was the most popular means of travel up and down the Sassagoula. Port Orleans’ very first steamboat, “The Port Princess” even became the official symbol for the city.

Interestingly, the primary concern for city residents regarding transportation was always not how long the ride would take, but how stylish and comfortable was the trip. For a town caught up in its leisure, it was always a question of form over function.

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