The Ruins of the Cottage Plantation
by Ronnie Owens
(Baton Rouge, La)
6 miles down river from Baton Rouge, the plantation owned by Frederick Conrad in the 1800s.
A tragedy event happened on the Mississippi River in front of the plantation. A luxury steamboat (paddle wheel riverboat), the Princess had just left Baton Rouge ladened with cotton and full passenger list of men, women, and children going "to carnival" (A Mardi Gras). When they reached Conrad Point (reference to the plantation) the Princess blew her boilers cutting an engineer in two and burning and killing hundreds. The Princess burned down to the water level.