New Orleans in Orleans Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
New Basin Canal
The canal you see before you was created in the 1830's by the New Orleans Canal and Banking Company for drainage and commerce. Over 8,000 Irish immigrants died digging the canal through mosquito infested swamp. Across the canal developed a recreation area called "New Lake End" (eventually called West End) on raised boardwalks above the water. The first *New Canal Lighthouse was placed at the *canal entrance.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Parks & Recreational Areas • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 30° 1.619′ N, 90° 6.797′ W. Marker is in New Orleans, Louisiana, in Orleans Parish. Marker is on Lakeshore Drive half a mile north of Robert E. Lee Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8001 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans LA 70124, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lakefront "Seawall" (a few steps from this marker); Southern Yacht Club (a few steps from this marker); The Point (a few steps from this marker); Lake Pontchartrain and the Pontchartrain BasinLake Pontchartrain (approx. 0.7 miles away); 17th Street Canal Floodwall (approx. ¾ mile away); Fort St. John (approx. 1.8 miles away); Beatles Only Concert Performance in Louisiana (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Orleans.
More about this marker. The lighthouse grounds are free to walk and enjoy. The current 2020 Lighthouse is a museum, and a fee is charged for entry.
Also see . . . Lighthouse Website. (Submitted on September 11, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 11, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 63 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 11, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.