Bayou St. John
Relish the parks and the walking and jogging trails amid mature tropical landscaping. The French named this stream Bayou St. The Sewerage and Water Board allows water to flow through three 3 controlled outfalls into the City's stormwater drainage system. Der Kardinal The Cardinal John is in the judgement of many geoligist, believed to be the result of a geological fault or fracture in the ground surface since it is bankless. Others remain for your consideration.
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Der Mannsteufel A House Divided Gesetz und Ordnung Law and Order Death Drives Through It Happened in Paris Jezebel — die boshafte Lady Jezebel Copyright by Detroit Photographic Co. Scene on Bayou St. John, including houses in the background. Louisiana State Museum http: John meets the Lake, probably On the right of the old bridge is the Coast Guard Station now gone and the area known as the 'Old Beach,' the original home of Pontchartrain Beach. Above the Old Beach is Lake Vista, after the streets were built, but before homes went up.
At the right of the Bayou is open ground which became Lake Terrace. By the mids, Bayou St. John again needed sprucing up. This unusual shot of a waterless waterway shows the bayou in July of That summer the Sewerage and Water Board drained the bayou to clean out trash and aquatic growth that were causing, literally, a big stink. John New Orleans, Louisiana is the remnant of a natural navigable waterway which once connected Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River. The area was originally inhabited by the Chapitoulas Indians.
However, they were gone by the time the French arrived. The Choctaw Indians used the Bayou as a travel and trade route for many years prior to the arrival of the French. In , the Choctaw showed the French how to reach the area now known as New Orleans without having to traverse the dangerous and mostly uncharted Mississippi River.
The original route started at the Gulf of Mexico and went through the Manchac Bayou once called the Ascantia River , then through Lake Maurepas, then into Lake Pontchartrain to a stream on the south shore of the lake which the Indians called Choupicatcha also reported as Tchoupic. In Choctaw this word means mudfish. The name Tchoupic pronounced shoe-pick is still used to describe a popular local fish in the region.
The French named this stream Bayou St. John in honor of the patron saint. Later trips by the French followed a different rout from the Gulf of Mexico. Upon traveling up this bayou, one reached a terminus still located near the current intersection of DeSoto Street and Lafitte Street. From there, a portage of about 2 miles through dense forest and marsh brought one to the Mississippi River. As early as 15 years before the founding of New Orleans , the Bayou was used as a shipping channel for French trappers and traders who lived on the Bayou.
Prior to the arrival of the French, a Choctaw Indian village of the Houmas tribe existed at the headwaters of the Bayou. They had probably already relocated to what is now called Houma, Louisiana by the time the French arrived. The French established a landing at the headwaters and named it Port St. John when the City of New Orleans was established.
A route to the new City on the river was cleared and named Grand Route St. A street bearing this name still exist to memorialize this route. In , the French constructed a fortress near the mouth of the Bayou. Under Spanish rule in , the fort was rebuilt and became known as Spanish Fort. Remnants of the structure still exist. Local folklore says that the voodoo queen, Marie Laveau, performed voodoo at the mouth of Bayou St.
John on Lake Pontchartrain. John was fundamental to the early life of New Orleans. In a canal was dredged from the Bayou toward the City's heart. This new canal terminated at current day Basin Street named for the ship turning basin at the terminus of the canal.
This canal was originally called the Carondelet Canal in honor of the Spanish governor of that name. In , a new canal under American control was dredged from Lake Pontchartrain into the City. The new canal was known as the New Basin Canal. John and the Old Basin Canal became commercially less important. A jogging, walking and biking path stretches for miles around the lake and even connects to the Mississippi River levee.
If you want to fish from the bank, the Laketown fishing pier extends into the lake. Laketown is also home to the Treasure Chest Casino, a riverboat gambling facility complete with restaurants and entertainment - a small taste of Las Vegas fun on the Kenner Lakefront. The nearby Pontchartrain Center is the civic center of the city of Kenner. Parties, educational events, trade shows and other interesting functions are continually scheduled there. A recent addition to our neighborhood is the popular Coconut Beach Volleyball Complex.
Walk just a few blocks down Chateau Boulevard from our front gate, and you will find Chateau Golf and Country Club with its eighteen hole golf course, first rate tennis courts, swimming pools, fine dining and fitness center. Memberships are quite reasonable, and service is excellent. Of course, no suburb of New Orleans is complete without great food. While most of the metro area's more famous restaurants are in the city, Kenner and nearby Metairie are home to a range of innovative dining establishments featuring Louisiana specialties along with many varieties of international cuisine.
Mediocre restaurants do not last long in our neighborhood!