These 13 Rare Photos Show Louisiana's Oyster History Like Never Before
By Jackie Ann|Published June 05, 2017
Louisiana native and LSU Alum (Geaux Tigers!), Jackie has lived in Louisiana for over three decades and currently lives in New Orleans. She's been writing for OnlyInYourState since 2016 and can often be found with a coffee at her side, dreaming of her next adventure.
Louisiana has a long history with oysters. Go into any restaurant around New Orleans (and surrounding areas) and you’ll find them on the menu. The famous dish, Oysters Rockefeller was invented at Antoine’s, New Orleans’ oldest restaurant. Before the BP oil spill in 2010, Louisiana was the largest producer of oysters in the United States.
The oyster industry employees thousands of people right here in Louisiana, and has done so for centuries. Let’s take a look at what life was like for an Oyster fisherman almost a hundred years ago.