Krotz Springs - USA, Louisiana

The Port of Krotz Springs is located on the Atchafalaya River, 47 miles below the juncture of the Atchafalaya River with the Mississippi River near Simmesport and 76 miles above the intersection of the Atchafalaya River with the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway at Morgan City. Places of interest include Chretien Point Plantation, whose interior staircase is said to have inspired the one at Tara in Gone With the Wind or the nearby Academy of the Sacred Heart, the second-oldest school west of the Mississippi. From here you can also visit Eunice - the heart and soul of Cajun music with its Cajun Music Hall of Fame and Museum or the lovely old city of Opelousas with delightful architecture, shaded streets, Le Vieux Village with buildings from the 1700s and, of course, the Home of Zydeco Music. The historic towns of Washington, Sunset, and Grand Coteau are also worth exploring. Around the turn of the century, Ohio native C. W. Krotz bought 20,000 acres of woodland in the Atchafalaya Basin and set up a sawmill - the tiny settlement that grew up around the mill was called Lantania. Thinking he was sitting on an untapped pool of oil, Krotz put down the first oil well in St. Landry Parish, but he struck water instead of oil. The artesian well became known as Krotz's spring and was used to supply water for the developing sawmill town. Krotz even bottled the water and sold it throughout the country. In 1909, a post office was established in the town, but there was already a community called Lantania, so another name had to be found. Of course, the obvious choice was Krotz Springs.