Alexander Allison's New Orleans
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High River at Carrollton, 1900

The young boys on their makeshift raft are not in the Mississippi River proper, but rather on the floodwater that collected behind the wooden revetment or bulkhead where the ship Mars is tied up. This is one of several photographs that Allison shot of the flooded conditions along the River at the turn of the last century. Tulane University professor Oliver Houck used this one on the cover of his recently released book, Down on the Batture (Jackson, University Press of Mississippi, 2010).

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