Through the years: Crossing the Cane in Natchitoches, Louisiana

Cane River bridge under construction
1914

I rounded up a collection of photos of the Cane River bridge in the City of Natchitoches, Louisiana and in Natchitoches Parish.  Almost all the photos are from the Cammie G. Henry Collection, at the Northwestern State University Library.  I added dates to the photos where dates were available, and details where details were available.  Any input is welcome and appreciated on any of these photos.

Cows grazing near Cane River Bridge during low water level.
Cows grazing near Cane River Bridge during low water level.
 Cane River Bridge at corner of First Street and Front Street, Natchitoches, Louisiana.
Cane River Bridge at corner of First Street and Front Street, Natchitoches, Louisiana.
Pratt bridge over Cane River
Pratt bridge over Cane River
Cane River bridge, with Christmas lights
Cane River bridge, with Christmas lights
1908- Church Street Bridge (Cane River Bridge), Natchitoches, Louisiana. "VIEW CHANGES- This picture postcard of the Church Street bridge was one sent to Miss Ette Levy sister of Joseph H. Levy, when she was in Franklin in 1908. The buildings across Cane River on the left side are the old Mack Abraham Store and the old Richard Williams Commissary at the right is the home of Dr. and Mr. J.S. Stephens. The card is among the old photos of Natchitoches from Giles Millspaugh collections."
1908- Church Street Bridge (Cane River Bridge), Natchitoches, Louisiana. “VIEW CHANGES- This picture postcard of the Church Street bridge was one sent to Miss Ette Levy sister of Joseph H. Levy, when she was in Franklin in 1908. The buildings across Cane River on the left side are the old Mack Abraham Store and the old Richard Williams Commissary at the right is the home of Dr. and Mr. J.S. Stephens. The card is among the old photos of Natchitoches from Giles Millspaugh collections.”
Cane River Bridge.
Cane River Bridge.
 Cane River Bridge with horse and buggy before upper Cane River Dam was built

Cane River Bridge with horse and buggy before upper Cane River Dam was built
Cane River Bridge during snowfall.
Cane River Bridge during snowfall.

Postcard of Cane River Bridge.
Postcard of Cane River Bridge.
1914- The first crossing on Cane River Bridge.
1914- The first crossing on Cane River Bridge.
Cane River Bridge after snowfall.
Cane River Bridge after snowfall.
Cane River Bridge. Front Street in background.
Cane River Bridge. Front Street in background.
Cane River Bridge from east bank
Cane River Bridge from east bank
Cane River Bridge during low water level.
Cane River Bridge during low water level.
Cane River bridge under construction
Cane River bridge under construction
1934- This particular photo is from Southwestern Louisiana Institute- Cane River Bridge, Natchitoches, Louisiana August 2, 1934.
1934- This particular photo is from Southwestern Louisiana Institute- Cane River Bridge, Natchitoches, Louisiana August 2, 1934.
Date indicated on this is 1900
Date indicated on this is 1900

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5 thoughts on “Through the years: Crossing the Cane in Natchitoches, Louisiana”

  1. Wouldn’t it be neat to have a bridge like the old one to walk across. The pictures were great. Thank. You.

  2. Is there a similar collection of photos of the bridge between Kyser Avenue and Pine Street? I saw it referred to as the “dirt bridge” in one old history of Natchitoches.

  3. Thank You.
    Had never seen this photos. great!
    learned to swim under/near bridge at south of downtown, remember being wooden?

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