Legendary Locals of Metairie

Eli Watson -- World's Longest Bridge

This website contains excerpts along with some of the 172 photographs in Legendary Locals of Metairie (Arcadia Publishing, 2013) by Catherine Campanella.
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In1911 Eli Watson built his mansion in the 400 block of Metairie Road on land measuring 150 by 318 by 270 feet bounded by a brick garden wall at a cost of $15,000. By 1928 (the year after he reigned as Rex, pictured here) he had built and owned the first bridge across Lake Pontchartrain which was the longest bridge in the world. At a cost of $5,000,000, it was named the Watson-Williams Bridge for his company of investment bankers headed by him and his partner George Williams. (LDL)

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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 and maintain the historic New Canal Lighthouse.

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