US Army Corps of Engineers
New Orleans District

Historical Publications

Popular History Series Publications

Down by the River 

A history of Baton Rouge Water Front, discussing events from founding of Baton Rouge on March 17, 1699 through today. This booklet inaugurates our series of popular publications; it was prepared in conjunction with the District’s 45-foot-deep, Baton Rouge-to-the-Gulf, Deep Draft Navigation Channel Project.

Bayou Chene 

The life story of a lost, but not forgotten Atchafalaya Basin community. This booklet is the second in our series of popular publications in support of the Corps historic preservation and cultural resources management program; it was prepared in conjunction with the District’s Atchafalaya Basin Floodway Project.

Books about Local History

Land's End

Land's End details the story of local flood control efforts from 1717 to 1975 and discusses the Federal committment to preventing the flooding of citizens and properties. The story creates more than a simple district history, but an appreciation of how the region's people made their land habitable by learning to manage their waterways for navigation and flood control.

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Designing the Bayous
The Control of Water in the Atchafalaya Basin 1800-1995

In this history, Dr. Reuss tells the complicated, but fascinating story of how local, state, and federal agencies have attempted to reconcile conflicting visions for the basin. In so doing, he illuminates the interaction of politics, technology, and environment. Though focusing on one area of the country, this book addresses many themes associated with the development of water resources throughout the United States. You can obtain a copy of this publication at a cost of $39.95 from the Texas A&M University Press Consortium, at

Historic Names and Places on the lower Mississippi River

Published by the Mississippi River Commission in 1976, this book traces the lower Mississippi River from its beginning at Mile 953.8 Above Head of Passes (AHP) below Cairo, Illinois at the confluence of the much smaller upper Mississippi and the larger Ohio River to the Head of Passes where the Mississippi divides into smaller passes to the Gulf some twenty miles further south.
Link to book on Mississippi River Commission's website