The Mastodon was a Southern Pacific Railway barge that ferried trains and passengers across the Mississippi River at Avondale, ten miles above New Orleans, Louisiana. The postcard above was sent from NewOrleans in January 1913. The message on the back mentions getting fat from eating so many bananas which were sold for the price of 2 dozen for 5 cents there.
Below is another postcard of the Mastodon about 20 years later, but looking much the same. It was necessary to ferry the trains across the river until the Huey P. Long Bridge was built in 1935.
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