Lake Pontchartrain (Images of America)

Port Ponchartrain Light - 1832



The first Port Pontchartrain Light (also called the Milneburg Lighthouse) was built in 1832 and replaced with the existing structure (pictured) in 1855. It was damaged during the Civil War but repaired and re-lighted in 1863. After a fifteen foot storm surge killed an estimated 2000 people in the 1893 hurricane, survivors were cared for and taken in by Ellen Wilson the female lightkeeper. It was deactivated in 1929. Built on piers in the lake with an adjacent keeper’s house it would later be surrounded by concrete in Kiddieland at the Pontchartrain Beach Amusement Park. Having withstood the ravages of Hurricane Katrina this century and a half old structure can now be found in the University of New Orleans Technology Center.


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Excerpts from New Orleans City Park (Images of America)

The Beginning
West End
Back to the Bayou
War and Peaceful Pursuits
Life on the Lake
Photo Gallery
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A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book is dedicated to the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation's efforts to rebuild the historic New Canal Lighthouse.

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