New Orleans History -- Lake Pontchartrain
Monday, June 17, 2024
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July 10, 1941- Air Training Base Project

Construction of the Naval Air Base. The caption reads "Spreading asphalt for one of the two runways at the base. The runways are built to grade and drainage structures built by WPA labor. Actual laying of asphalt is being performed by contract. Unfinished hangar for the base is shown in the background." The smokestack visible in the background, originally part of the base's heating system, is the only Air Base structure still standing on the UNO campus. UNO has incorporated the smokestack into the design of its Homer L. Hitt Alumni Center.