Slidell Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Swamp tours and antiques may be the chief reasons people visit Slidell today, but it didn’t happen overnight. Slidell was founded in 1881 by a group of New Orleans and Northeastern Railroad surveyors looking to build a railroad bridge across Lake Pontchartrain. They succeeded and named the city in honor of John Slidell, father-in-law of Northeastern Railroad baron Emile Erlanger. Ironically, many believe that John Slidell never visited the city that bears his name.
During the twentieth century Slidell grew from a small town dominated by a few wealthy families and one company—the Salmen Brick and Lumber Co.—to a bustling bedroom community of shopping malls and waterfront subdivisions. A handful of notable attractions reflect Slidell’s humble small-town roots and modern-day dedication to preserving its unspoiled environment. This eTrail from the DayTrips series describes many fascinating, exciting, (and many free of charge) things to do, most within a two-hour drive of New Orleans. Each Day Trip includes, destination highlights, places to visit along the way, choice restaurants and lodging, and shopping."