19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest The American Experience
St. Paul's Church on a Cloudy Night in Bayou Goula, Louisiana

In September of 2009, the vacant St. Paul Church located on the Mississippi River in rural Louisiana was severely damaged by Hurricane Gustav - including the collapse of the steeple. The beloved 140-year-old building has since been meticulously restored by a group of descendants of its early parishioners. The church was moved further back from the river after the Great 1927 flood, when the US Army Corps of Engineers constructed the current levee system along this stretch of the Mississippi River. Primitive methods of rolling the building on logs were used to situate the church on newly constructed piers at that time - where the church remains to this day.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2021
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Bayou Goula, Louisiana, United States of America
Camera: iPhone 11 Pro Max
Copyright: © William Doran