The residents of Mossville, Louisiana have long prized self-sufficiency. Founded by freed slaves in the 1700s, Mossville residents grew their own fruits and vegetables, caught fish, and hunted. Then the petrochemical industry moved in.
It’s hard to imagine that Mossville, Louisiana was once known as a kind of Eden, a place where all the residents gardened, hunted, and fished to support themselves. Today, industry dominates the landscape.