New Orleans History -- Lake Pontchartrain
Saturday, June 15, 2024
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French explorer Pierre LeMoyne Sieur d'Iberville (March 26 - 30) enters the waterway, which his men name the d'Iberville River (later to be renamed Bayou Manchac)...


Bienville founded the City of New Orleans at present site because of easy access to the Mississippi River through Lake Pontchartrain and Bayou St. John...


1808 - While George Farragut was fishing one day on Lake Pontchartrain...


New Orleans becomes part of the United States after the Louisiana Purchase. Several important ports flourish on Lake Pontchartrain's shores...


Alligator Pond at Spanish Fort...


The Pontchartrain Railroad was the second completed in the United States. It began operation in 1831...


Founded in 1849, the Southern Yatch club, the second oldest in the United States, prospered enough to building this attractive frame structure in 1879...


Article from HARPER'S NEW MONTLY MAGAZINE, December 1858. Woodcut engraving 'The Light-House, Lake Pontchartrain'....


Now it is not only the wealthy who get to enjoy the lakeshore resorts. Families spend their holidays by taking 'Smoky Mary,' the train to Milneberg...


Beginning about 1871 and fully developed by 1880 the man-made land of West End near the entrance to the Basin, with its park and pathways, bandstand, pavillions...


Sailing boats on Lake Pontchartrain, The Southern Yacht Club-Captain William L. Challoner c. 1880...


Click Here to hear "Livery Stable Blues" recorded in 1917 by the New Orleans Dixieland Jass Band. This is the first jazz recorded ever recorded.


Click Here to hear "Camp Meeting Blues" recorded in 1923 by Joe "King" Oliver

1928-1983 Pontchartrain Beach

Originally at Spanish Fort, Pontchartrain Beach moved to the Milneburg (now U.N.O.) area in 1928. For 55 years, Pontchartrain Beach was the annual summertime destination for many New Orleanians but was for 'whites only' until the mid 1960s (Linclon Beach served Black residents from 1955-65).

Many older New Orleans referred to Pontchartrain Beach as 'Milenburg'--the common mispronuncian of 'Milneburg'.

Click Here to hear a Pontchartrain Beach radio commercial from the early 1960s (found on Bob Walkers website).


Click Here to hear the Pontchartrain Beach Jingle as well as a 1960s radio commercial for 'the beach' (from Bob Walker's website)


Pontchartrain Beach swimming area closes due to unacceptable levels of pollution...


1983 print (1500 issued) by Randy McGovern...


Shell Dredging is halted in Lake Pontchartrain...


Parts of Lake Pontchartrain are declared safe for swimming...

Aerial Maps

1994 - Prior to Hurricane Georges
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Amusement Parks & Resorts at Spanish Fort

Before you begin this blast from the past you might want to click here to hear Alligator Crawl recorded by Louis Armstrong & his Hot Seven in 1927.

Baronne Street

Bourbon Street

Canal Street

Common Street

Decatur St.


Jefferson Highway

Labarre Road

Metairie History


Milneburg/Pontchartrain Beach/Uno

Monticello Avenue

Music Info

Jazz was born & bred at Milneburg, Spanish Fort, Little Woods, Bucktown, and West End. In later years Jazz, the Blues, Soul, & Rock could be heard at Pontchartrain Beach & Lincoln Beach Amusement Parks. Click on the photos (below) to view larger versions.

Orleans Street

Poydras Street


Native Americans were the first settlers along Bayou St. John & the Lakefront. They later showed the French the route from the Lake, down Bayou St. John, to the river.


1859 -- 2005

Royal Street

Royal Street -- People and Places

Under Construction

Spanish Fort/Bayou St. John/Old Beach

St. Charles

Tchoupitoulas Street

The 60s

The Best

The Camps

The French Quarter's People and Places

The Lakefront

Toulouse Street


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West End

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