Fond in the memories of many New Orleanians, Pontchartrain Beach Amusement Park attracted swimmers and pleasure seekers
of all ages who enjoyed the pool, the man-made beach, the rides, concessions, Penny Arcade, Laff in the Dark, and Bali Hai
restaurant. Entertainment included stage shows, the annual Miss New Orleans Pageant, and a 1956 Elvis Presley performance.
Originally opened across Bayou St. John from Spanish Fort in 1928, the amusement park moved to its final location on Elysian
Fields Avenue in 1940 when this photograph was taken. (Courtesy New Orleans Public Library.)
This website contains excerpts along with some of the 183 photographs in Lake Pontchartrain (Images of America) by Catherine Campanella. Use the links here to explore some of the lake's history -- or purchase the book for a
more in-depth view.
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.
Other books by Catherine Campanella:
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book is dedicated to Friends of City Park.
Excerpts from New Orleans City Park (Images of America)