New Orleans History -- Lake Pontchartrain
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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1921-present ~~The Industrial Canal

 

Industrial Canal Locks
This postcard, mailed in 1931, illustrates the Locks on the Industrial Canal between the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain (near the the Lakefront Airport). The canal was built in 1921. The Steamship in the locks is the Commercial Pathfinder out of Wilmington, Delaware.

Information about this postcard:
Undated, titled 'Locks, Industrial Canal, New Orleans, La. '
Linen Era (1930-1945). Published by New Orleans News Co., New Orleans, La., made by E.C. Kropp Co., Milwaukee, Wis. Reads 'The Locks of the Industrial Canal connect the Mississippi River and Lake Ponchartrain, built in 1921 by Gen. Goethals. Card part of the 'New Orleans - America's Most Interesting City' series.


NAVIGATION CANAL CONNECTING MISS. RIVER WITH LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN AND NEW ORLEANS HARBOR postcard. Date unknown.

The lock allows vessels to move from Lake Pontchartrain into the Mississippi River and is an important trransit point on the Intracoastal Waterway. This lock is one of the most active facilities in the U.S. and is maintained and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The facility is scheduled to be replaced by a longer, wider lock located farther up the Industrial Canal.

For more information and images go to
href='http://www.tulane.edu/~kidder/Enst%20377/Ind%20Canal%20Lock%20FT/industrialcanallock.htm'>http://www.tulane.edu/~kidder/Enst%20377/Ind%20Canal%20Lock%20FT/industrialcanallock.htm


    



April, 1923 Popular Mechanics article entitled 'Canal Joins Mississippi and
Pontchartrain'.

To view current conditions at the Industrial Canal (also known as the Inner Harbor Navigational Canal) including the water differentiation (the difference between the Lake and River water level) go to  http://www.mvn.usace.army.mil/OD/LockUpdates/lockstatus.asp?lockid=3