Red River Raft Clearing Operations
At its widest point, the Red River “raft” in northwestern Louisiana spanned an almost 160-mile portion of the river. Captain Henry M. Shreve initiated the removal of the raft in the 1830s.
View of the Red River Raft in the 1870s
Consisting of cedar, cypress, and petrified wood, the Red River raft blocked navigation for nearly one hundred miles. Its removal encouraged new settlement in northwestern Louisiana and eastern Texas.