Slidell Professional Review and Guide
"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."