Wedell-Williams Aviation and Cypress Sawmill Museum
October 26, 2017 to August 19, 2018


The Louisiana State Museum and the Wedell-Williams Memorial Foundation present Big Wheel Keep On Turning: Steamboats in Louisiana. In 1812 the introduction of steam power revolutionized transportation on the Mississippi and other Louisiana waterways, ushering in a golden age of travel that would last until the end of the nineteenth century. Described by one observer as a “wedding cake on a raft,” the steamboat became an American icon and an enduring symbol of the Mississippi River. This exhibition also looks at the role of steamboats on Bayou Teche.