Around Lake Pontchartrain

Fort Pike & The Rigolets

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Acknowledgements
Introduction
Pre History
1699 Exploration
1701 Fort St. John
1703 Trappers on the Bayou
1718 New Orleans is Founded
1722
1732 Native Americans
1735 Native Americans
1742
1759 Map of the Portage
1763 Spanish Rule
1768 Map of the Water Route
1770 Spanish Fort Postcards
1778 Hurricanes
1779 Spanish Rebuild the Fort
1780 Hurricane
1784 Custom House
1795 Carondelet Canal
1803 Madisonville
1808 U.S. Restores the Fort
1811 Bayou St. John Light
1803 Louisiana Purchase
1814 Madisonville
1815 Steamboat Travel Begins
1815
1816 Bayou St. John a Port
1820's Concert Hall & Garden at Spanish Fort
1823 Spanish Fort on the Bayou
1828 Map
1837 Hurricane Destroys the Bayou St. John
1838 New Canal Light
1841
1830 Pontchartrain Railroad
1868 Submarine Find
1868 receipts for the Jewess and Frances
1831 New Basin Canal
1832 Port Ponchartrain/Milneburg Light
1838 Port Ponchartrain Surveyer
1838 New Canal/West End Light
1839 Milneburg
1839 Milneburg
1839 Pontchartrain Railroad
1840 By 1840, New Orleans had become by far the wealthiest and was ranked as the third most populous
1849 Southern Yach Club
1849 Southern Yacht Club
1850 Louisville & Nashville Railroad
1850 West End, Lakeport, Bucktown
1852 Uncle Tom's Cabin
1858 Harper's Magazine
1859 Bruning's
1859 Corpheous
1860's Hurricanes
1861 Most citizens have access to the Lake
1861Bayou St. John's Port, Lake Port (West End), and Port Pontchartrain (Milneburg Port)
1861 CSS CARONDELET
1863 Madisonville
1863 Woodcut Civil War engraving
1863 - CLARIMONDE
1863 Civil War Military Map
1865 - Civil War Order
1865 ? BAYOU ST. JOHN
1866 - The Little Blue Train
1868 Map
1870 Milneburg Port declines but Jazz flourishes
1870 The Smoky Mary begins
1870 West End
1870 The Lake House is destroyed in a fire
1871 Land is reclaimed at West End
1873 - Plan plan for the redevelopment of the south shore
1873 Spanish Fort
1874 Mark Twain writes about Spanish Fort in Life on the Mississippi
1874 Mark Twain writes about West End in Life on the Mississippi
1875 Rowles Stereograph Photograph titled 'Protection levee Lake Pontchartrain'
1879 Illustration from The Nathanial Bishop book
1880 Smokey Mary
1880 - Alligators at Spanish Fort
1880 - Casino at Spanish Fort
1880 - Opera House at West End
1880 Fountain West End
1880 Hotel West End
1880 West End Pavillion
1880s - Water Polo at West End
1880s Bird's Eye View- New Basin Canal at West End
1880s Bridge over New Basin Canal at West End
1880s Pavilion at West End
1880s Spanish Fort at Bayou St. John
1883 Point-aux-Herbes
1884 - Concert Hall at Spanish Fort
1888 (Papa) Jack Laine forms his first brass band
1890 - 1920 Buddy Bolden's Band plays
1890 Ferdinand (Jelly Roll) Morton is born
1890's West End Garden Amusement Park
1890s - Spanish Fort Train
1890s Ferris Wheel at West End
1890s view of Bayou St. John
1890's Bucktown
Lake Pontchartrain at West End
1891 Painting-the Lake and Milneburg
1892 Map
1893 Woman Lighthouse keeper at Milneburg shelters storm victims
1894 - La Belle Zoraide by Kate Chopin
1894 - A LADY OF BAYOU ST. JOHN
1895 Lumber Schooner, New Basin Canal
1896 - The first movie in New Orleans was shown at the Lake
1897 - A Night in Acadie by Kate Chopin
1897 - Athénaïse by Kate Chopin
1899 - The Goodness of St. Rocque by Alice Dunbar
1895 Cape Charles Car and Passenger Ferry
1900's Milneburg Walk
1910 Bayou St. John Sailor Girl
1919 Spanish Fort Ad
1929 Port Pontchartrain/Milneburg Light decommissioned
1940's Dig
1960s Kiddieland
August 2005
1. Bayou St. John
2. Milneburg/Pontchartain Beach
Military Installments
Shushan Airport
3. Hayne Blvd. and Beyond
Lincoln Beach
Chef Pass/Fort McComb
Fort Pike & The Rigolets
"Pointe Aux Herbes"
4. Northshore -- Fontainbleau, etc.
Mandeville
Madisonville
5. Western Shores -- Pass Manchac
The German Coast
6. Engineering Marvels -- Spillway
Causeway
7. Bucktown
8. west end
General Area
Lighthouses

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State Historic Marker:
 

Historic State monument ten miles west on US 90, was completed in 1828 to defend Rigolets Pass, approach through Lake Pontchartrain to New Orleans. Named after Brigadier General Zebulon Montgomery Pike.

LA -- Orleans Fort Pike N of New Orleans off U.S. 90 E New Orleans 08/14/1972 72000557  -- National Register of Historic Places

See

FortPikeAndRigoletsBridge1950sPC.jpg

The back of this postcard (postmarked 1942) published by A. Hirschowitz, New Orleans reads:
 
Ft. Pike built in 1819
 
FORT PIKE -- One of the numerous forts in the vicinity of New Orleans is located on the Old Spanish Trail (U.S. 90).  The land was reserved for military purposes under executive order dated February 9, 1842.  Recently restored and beautified and converted into a state park.  In the background is the toll-free span over the Rigolets, noted fishing resort, which connects Lake Borgne and Lake Pontchartrain.  Although located about 35 miles from Canal Street, Rigolets is within the corporate limits of the City of New Orleans.

http://www.civilwaralbum.com/louisiana/macomb_pike.htm and LA -- Orleans Fort Macomb E of New Orleans at Chef Menteur Pass on U.S. 90 New Orleans 10/11/1978 78001429 National Register of Historic Places

In 1828, his highness Bernhard, Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, published both English and German editions of his Travels through North America, during the years 1825 and 1826. In this narrative, Duke Bernhard mentions traveling through the Rigolets and Lake Pontchartain, noting that a tavern was then being erected at the site of the old Spanish fort on Bayou St. John.

 

State: LOUISIANA
Location: RIGOLETS CHANNEL
Nearest City: NEW ORLEANS
County:
U.S.C.G. District: 8
Year Station Established: 1855

Photo courtesy Ted Smith
Existing Historic Tower:

From http://www.cr.nps.gov/MARITIME/light/westrig.htm
 

WEST RIGOLETS LIGHT

Location: RIGOLETS CHANNEL
Station Established: 1855
Year Current Tower(s) First Lit: 1855
Operational? NO
Automated?
Deactivated: 1945
Foundation Materials: PILINGS
Construction Materials: WOOD
Tower Shape: ROUND LANTERN ON SQUARE HOUSE
Markings/Pattern:
Relationship to Other Structure: INTEGRAL
Original Lens:

Source: http://www.uscg.mil/hq/g-cp/history/WEBLIGHTHOUSES/

1770 Spanish Fort is Established

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1863  Woodcut Civil War engraving

1850s West End & Lakeport development begins

The Lake