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The Gray Line Tour

By Leonard Gray / L’Observateur / November 2, 1998

The River Parishes area residents, for the most part, have a keen interest in history. There are likely amateur genealogists in almost every familywho has been here at least three or four generations and thousands of people who can trace their ancestry back to colonial settlements in the German and Acadian Coasts.

Toward this end, Shell Oil has created the River Road Museum on its plant site in Norco. Not only a Shell museum, it’s the story of the company townNorco was and the reason we’re all here, one way or the other – the Mississippi River.

Without the river, the industry wouldn’t be here, nor would the businesses or the people. The museum clearly shows this, with interactive displays,artifacts and the living history of its retirees who have worked for four years to bring this project to its fruition.

I’d personally like to express my own appreciation and thanks to the hard working people who established this museum and encourage people to see it, especially children.

There’s a lot to see and do there and visitors will come away not only with an appreciation for the past but also the present and the future of the River Parishes.

Leonard Gray is a reporter for L’Observateur.

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