Plaquemire Parish, LA Boiler Explosion, Nov 1886


NEW-ORLEANS, Nov. 11.--At Myrtle Grove Plantation, in Plaquemine Parish, owned by Congressman-elect Wilkinson, the boiler of the draining machine exploded yesterday, killing the engineer in charge, Gabriel Burroughs, and badly scalding and dangerously injuring the fireman and another hand. The boiler was blown an eighth of a mile, and the concussion was felt for miles up and down the river.

The New York Times, New York, NY 12 Nov 1886