Lake Peigneur And The Diamond Crystal Salt Mine Disaster
By | August 10, 2019
About a two-and-a-half-hour drive west of New Orleans sits a placid lake that for all its unassuming looks was the scene of one of the most bizarre disasters in history.
Lake Peigneur was a shallow, freshwater lake favored by fisherman that averaged about 10 feet depth spread out over 1,300 acres. The lake featured an island with a popular botanical garden. The small town of Delcambre sat south of it by a canal of the same name which flowed into the Gulf of Mexico. It was home to a small flotilla of shrimping and fishing vessels.