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Morganza Native Captures Union Pacific Big Boy in Pointe Coupee Parish

Updated: Aug 27, 2021

Morganza, Louisiana 8/23/21

Justin Honore, a published wildlife & Fine Arts photographer from Morganza Louisiana, started with charity and hopes of bringing beauty back to his community. In 2018, Honore donated a 24x36 image of Morganza’s bald eagle “Montana” in a vintage gold frame with wishes for the Fine Art piece to be auctioned off to benefit the Morganza Cultural District. Just one year later, Honore was contacted by the West Side Journal of Port Allen to capture photos of a pair of bald eagles along the Mississippi River. The issue of the journal including Honore’s photos was the highest selling paper of 2019. In 2020 that same pair of eagles had offsprings which Honore also photographed, resulting in publication.

When Honore heard that the Union Pacific Big Boy 4014 steam locomotive tour was scheduled to come through Louisiana, he knew it would be a great opportunity to capture it in all its glory. Only 25 Big Boy steam locomotives were manufactured in the 1940s. Today, eight Big Boys survive, most of which are on static display at museums across the country. One of them, No. 4014, was re-acquired by Union Pacific and rebuilt to operating condition in 2019, regaining the title as the largest and most powerful operating steam locomotive in the world. To contact Honore for photography purchasing or to see more of his work, contact him at


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