Lake Pontchartrain (Images of America)

Land Reclamation



The photographer shot this photograph from inside the Milneburg Lighthouse in 1927. Note the pilings from demolished structures . (Courtesy New Orleans Public Library.)



This 1928 photo illustrates the amount of land that would be reclaimed near the Milneburg Light. The areas on the left of the bulkhead would become Pontchartrain Beach amusement park. Note the camps along the original shore. (Courtesy New Orleans Public Library).



While work was being done at Milneburg the area at Bayou St. John and Spanish Fort was destined for the same. In this 1928 view Spanish Fort amusement park was still on the lake shore. Note the ferris whell on the right. (Courtesy New Orleans Public Library.)



In West End the reclamation project was also taking place. This caption reads "ZONE 1. 25 feet east of the West End light house shell road and 200 feet south of the seawall. Picture taken Nov. 27, 1931. Dredge "Houston" stopped pumping in this zone on November 7, 1931. Arrow [barely visible] points to Arthur Barry standing in fill 2.4 ft.” (Courtesy New Orleans Public Library.)



In this 1926 view of a doomed camp, the caption reads “LAKE SHORE DEVELOPMENT…View Showing New Shore Line near West End…12-17-26…O.L.B. [Orleans Levee Board]. (Courtesy New Orleans Public Library.)


Other books by Catherine Campanella:

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
More Lake Pontchartrain History

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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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