Now here is something you don’t see every day. Although no one alive really knows for sure, but the thought is that this photo was taken right around the late 1890’s. This obviously is the old City Market building which now houses the Gretna Little Theater. Notice the road, or should I say lack thereof, it appears to be simply mud and rocks. I was told that the second story ramp exiting the building was used for unloading the goods that had been sold. There was a similar ramp in the rear of the building that went from the third floor to the railroad tracks that was used to unload the goods from the freight cars into the building. That ramp would have been about 30 feet or so off the ground. I wanted to share this with everyone so that we could get a look at the way things were back in the day. If you know of anyone that has older photos of anything in or near Gretna, I sure would appreciate a copy for the records. We don’t know where we are going unless we know where we have been. Remember to surprise someone with a random act of kindness.
- David Lilly, Town Manager