Steamboat museum still in the works

DARROW, La. (AP) — More than three years after the award of a $5.2 million federal scenic highways grant, a steamboat museum originally envisioned to perch on the Mississippi River batture near Darrow is still in the planning stages.

While expected to move forward, perhaps by this summer, The Advocate reports the museum will relocate off the river and to a plantation home’s property along River Road.

Houmas House Plantation and Gardens owner Kevin Kelly, who is contributing $1.8 million to the museum project, blamed the delays and the shift in location on expensive protective requirements imposed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The museum will feature exhibits about the paddle-wheel era.

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