Slidell: An Overview

Slidell: An Overview (HM1YA0)

Location: Slidell, LA 70460 St. Tammany Parish
Country: United States of America

N 30° 16.838', W 89° 46.902'

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Slidell, Louisiana was founded in 1883 during construction of a major new railroad from New Orleans to Meridian, Mississippi. The New Orleans and Northeastern Railroad established a building camp at first high ground north of Lake Pontchartrain which eventually grew into the city. Slidell was chartered as a town in 1888 by the Louisiana Legislature. The town was named after John Slidell, a prominent state, U.S. and Confederate political figure. Sometime prior to Slidell's formal incorporation in 1888, its first streets were laid out in a grid pattern. The north-south streets were Bayou (now Front), First, Second, Third and Fourth. The east-west streets were Fremaux, Erlanger, Bouscaren and Cousin.Erlanger, slightly wider than the others and designated as an avenue, was named after Baron Frederick Erlanger, John Slidell's son-in-law and head of the banking syndicate which financed the railway. Col. Leon J. Fremaux, a prominent Louisiana engineer and planter, drew the original plans for Slidell and named Fremaux Avenue for himself. Bouscaren Street was named for G. Bouscaren, the chief engineering officer of the railroad. Cousin Street took its name from the locally prominent Cousin family.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 nation's effort in both World Wars. Slidell residents worked in a local ship, tank and airplane construction during World War II.In the 1960's Slidell began to assume its modern profile as one of the major sites for NASA's lunar landing program. In the 1980's and 1990's Slidell became a regional retail center.Slidell is located at the southeastern tip of St. Tammany Parish in Louisiana's famous "Ozone Belt." It is about three miles from the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain and is surrounded by rivers and bayous. The largest municipality in the Parish, Slidell has grown from a population of 364 in 1890 to 24,142 in 1990. Slidell's 1999 population is estimated to be 32,000. Today, Slidell continues to deal with urban growth while preserving a sense of its history.Flags Over SlidellI. The United States of America 1810-1860:1865-PresentII. The State of Louisiana 1812 - PresentIII. The City of Slidell 1888-Present1. The Kingdom of France 1682-17632. The United Kingdom (Great Britain) 1763-17833. The Kingdom of Spain 1783-18104. The Republic of West Florida 18105. The The Republic of Louisiana 18616. The Confederate States of America 1861-1865
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Date Added Sunday, May 14th, 2017 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 232417 N 3353159
Decimal Degrees30.28063333, -89.78170000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 16.838', W 89° 46.902'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 16' 50.28" N, 89° 46' 54.12" W
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Area Code(s)985, 504
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 131-147 W Pennsylvania Ave, Slidell LA 70460, US
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