A Brief History of Slidell, Louisiana

Slidell’s first railroad station ca. 1885

Slidell is a city on the northeast shore of Lake Pontchartrain in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana. Slidell was founded around 1882 during construction of a major new railroad from New Orleans to Meridian, Mississippi, connecting there with Cincinnati, Ohio and eventually with New York City. The New Orleans and Northeastern Railroad established a building camp at the first high ground north of Lake Pontchartrain, which eventually grew into the city. Slidell was chartered as a town in 1888. In the thirty or so years after its founding, Slidell developed a creosote plant, one of the country’s largest brick manufacturing facilities, a large lumber mill and a shipyard. The Slidell shipyard contributed significantly to the national effort in both World Wars (Wikipedia, 2019).


Wikipedia. (2019, Jul. 26).Slidell, Louisiana. Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org.

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