If you hunt, fish or drill for oil in the state of Louisiana you probably are going to do it in or close to a body of water. Vast saltwater lakes and shallow water marshes were no obstacle when it came to drilling and producing oil. This rare photograph illustrates the way of life for the Louisiana oilman looking for riches along the Gulf Coast. Narrow channels that crisscrossed saltwater marshes were the roads traveled by tugboats, crew boats and barges transporting men and materials to the wet drilling site. Drilling platforms constructed on timber pilings introduced in the 1930s were still being used in the 1950s in 10 -15 feet of water.
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