New Orleans History -- Lake Pontchartrain
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
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The 1950s


Elvis Presley is featured in "King Creole" which includes footage shot at a camp. We still don't know which one and would appreciate any information you might have about this.

The 50's saw the end of an era when the camps were used as restaurants, dance halls, and bath houses open to the public.

From the 50's through the 90's some families who owned camps continued to rent them to other families who cherished their days at the camps.

In 1956, Louis Roussel, president of the N.O. Levee Board issued orders to camp owners that they had "about one summer left" to enjoy their beloved camps. Plans were in the works for airport expansion and 3 new subdivisions.

Although the subdivision plans never materialized the Lakefront airport did expand--resulting in the loss of several camps.