Lake Catherine Neighborhood Snapshot
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The Lake Catherine neighborhood is surrounded by Lake Borgne, Lake St. Catherine and Lake Pontchartrain, and bisected by Chef Menteur Pass. It is a place of great natural beauty and also historical significance to New Orleans.
Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge
The Bayou Sauvage area became a national wildlife refuge in 1986. On its 20,000+ acres, visitors can see American bald eagles, peregrine falcons and American alligators.
Fort Pike and Fort Macomb
These two forts were
constructed in the early 1800s to serve as a defense for the navigational
channels leading into New Orleans. Fort Macomb has fallen into disrepair
in recent years, but the Louisiana Office of State Parks has preserved
Fort Pike as a state historic site that is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5
p.m. for visitation (except Thanksgiving,
Among the many African American soldiers serving at Fort Pike, of particular significance was Pickney Benton Stewart Pinchback. Mr. Pinchback , born to a white planter and a freed slave, was a union army officer and a lawyer who became involved in Louisiana politics immediately after the Civil War. Mr. Pinchback became Lieutenant Governor under Henry Clay Warmoth. Among other official acts, Governor Warmoth and Lieutenant Governor Pinchback signed into law the Mardi Gras Act making Mardi Gras a legal holiday in Louisiana.
After Warmoth was
impeached, Pinchback became Governor. He later served on the State Board
of Education, as a member of the Board of Trustees of Southern University,
and as a Federal Marshal. Pinchback owned and managed The Louisianian,
one of several African-American newspapers published in New Orleans during
the last half of the nineteenth century. He was the only African American
to serve as a state governor until recent times.
Across from Fort Pike, prior to the Civil War, the Rigolets Lighthouse was built to facilitate ships passing between Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Borgne. It is a small wooden building on piers, easily mistaken for a fishing camp.
A bit about the Lake Catherine neighborhoods history
Most of the Lake Catherine area had been under single ownership since it was first granted to Gilbert Antoine de St. Maxent in 1763. During the next 200 years, several well-known New Orleans families, such as De Clouet, Lafon, and Michoud owned the land. The largest spot of residential growth occurred when the Venetian Isles subdivision in Lake Catherine opened in the late 1960s. It is still the greatest concentration of residential development in the area. In 1998, Hurricane Georges caused extensive damage to these homes and others in the Lake Catherine neighborhood.
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