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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Covington, Louisiana

 
Clickable Map of St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg St. Tammany Parish, LA (49) Jefferson Parish, LA (87) Orleans Parish, LA (356) St. Bernard Parish, LA (62) Tangipahoa Parish, LA (29) Washington Parish, LA (12) Hancock County, MS (31) Pearl River County, MS (8)  St.TammanyParish(49) St. Tammany Parish (49)  JeffersonParish(87) Jefferson Parish (87)  OrleansParish(356) Orleans Parish (356)  St.BernardParish(62) St. Bernard Parish (62)  TangipahoaParish(29) Tangipahoa Parish (29)  WashingtonParish(12) Washington Parish (12)  HancockCountyMississippi(31) Hancock County (31)  PearlRiverCounty(8) Pearl River County (8)
Covington is in St. Tammany Parish
      St. Tammany Parish (49)  
      Jefferson Parish (87)  
      Orleans Parish (356)  
      St. Bernard Parish (62)  
      Tangipahoa Parish (29)  
      Washington Parish (12)  
      Hancock County, Mississippi (31)  
      Pearl River County, Mississippi (8)  
 
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1Louisiana (St. Tammany Parish), Covington — Bicentennial Covington #1Historical Point of View
On East Lockwood Street west of North New Hampshire Street, on the left when traveling west.
In 1907, Guido Alexius and his sons Alfred, Cintio and John, founded Alexius Brothers and Company; and later his son Horace joined in the business. In 1915, this landmark establishment, originally a gym, was purchased. Later in the 20th century, . . . Map (db m124019) HM
2Louisiana (St. Tammany Parish), Covington — Bicentennial Covington #2Historical Point of View
Near Tammany Trace Bike Trail, 0.3 miles East Gibson Street.
Three rivers and several Indian trails converged in the area where Covington was founded. These major trade routes are what placed Covington at the center of commerce. They became the lifeline of trade and transport between points north of Lake . . . Map (db m115599) HM
3Louisiana (St. Tammany Parish), Covington — Christ Episcopal Church
On South New Hampshire Street near East 21st Avenue, on the left when traveling south.
Built 1846 by Jonathan Arthur of London for descendants of English settlers in British West Florida. Consecrated by Bishop Leonidas Polk, April 11, 1847. Christ Church is the oldest public building being used in Covington.Map (db m99661) HM
4Louisiana (St. Tammany Parish), Covington — Columbia Street
On Columbia Street at Walker Alley, on the right when traveling south on Columbia Street.
Columbia Street meets the river at the Columbia Street Landing. It was the first place visitors saw when they arrived in Covington. It was also the last stop on land for the area's principal exports on their way to market via the Bogue Falaya River . . . Map (db m111591) HM
5Louisiana (St. Tammany Parish), Covington — Columbia Street LandingBirthplace of Covington
Near North Columbia Street south of East Rutland Street, on the right.
An active harbor where schooners and steamers once docked. Established in the early 1800's, providing a vital link to other river cities transporting cotton, lumber, bricks, whiskey and mail. Oyster luggers brought fresh oysters regularly through . . . Map (db m99520) HM
6Louisiana (St. Tammany Parish), Covington — Courthouse Square and Historic Oaks
On East Boston Street (State Highway 21) east of North New Hampshire Street, on the right when traveling west.
Courthouse Square and Historic Oaks These graceful oaks were planted hundreds of years ago, predating the street plan of 1813. The WWI monument seen in the image on the right is all that remains at this site following the demolition of the . . . Map (db m100636) HM
7Louisiana (St. Tammany Parish), Covington — Covington
On North Columbia Street (State Highway 437) at East Kirkland Street, on the left when traveling north on North Columbia Street.
John Wharton Collins donated land and founded Town of Wharton in March, 1813, named for his grandfather, John Wharton. Legislature changed name on March 11, 1816, to Covington, honoring Gen. Leonard Covington, 1812 War hero.Map (db m98762) HM
8Louisiana (St. Tammany Parish), Covington — H.J. Smith and Sons Hardware and MuseumBicentennial Covington - Historical Point of View
On North Columbia Street north of East Boston Street (Business U.S. 190), on the right when traveling south.
Founded July 4, 1876, H.J. Smith and Sons Hardware and Museum is the oldest hardware and general store in the parish, housing unique artifacts pertaining to the history of Covington. Of note are the dugout cypress canoe and lead coffin. It is a . . . Map (db m115765) HM
9Louisiana (St. Tammany Parish), Covington — Original Homestead of Walker Percy
On Military Road (State Highway 21) south of Oswald Road, on the right when traveling south.
Homestead owned by Walker Percy, who was an American author and philosopher. He is best known for his philosophical novels set in and around New Orleans, the first of which, The Moviegoer, won the U.S. National Book award for fiction. Walker Percy . . . Map (db m115405) HM
10Louisiana (St. Tammany Parish), Covington — Public "Ox Lot" ParkingYou're in Ox Lot 16
On Plaza Drive, 0.1 miles east of North New Hampshire Street, on the right when traveling east.
Unique to Covington's downtown business district and a credit to our forefathers, our original town grid layout allowed for public squares in the middle of each block for the purpose of trade and commerce. Farmers would bring their oxen-laden carts . . . Map (db m98940) HM
11Louisiana (St. Tammany Parish), Covington — Public "Ox Lot" ParkingYou're In Ox Lot 18
Near East Boston Street (Business U.S. 190) west of Lee Lane, on the right when traveling west.
Unique to Covington's downtown business district and a credit to our forefathers, our original town grid layout allowed for public squares in the middle of each block for the purpose of trade and commerce. Farmers would bring their oxen-laden carts . . . Map (db m115782) HM
12Louisiana (St. Tammany Parish), Covington — Reconstruction PeriodBicentennial Covington - Historical Point of View
On East Gibson Street at North New Hampshire Street, on the right when traveling west on East Gibson Street.
During the Reconstruction Period, trade was still slow as the main source of land transportation was still the ox and the wagon. From the mid-1800s, the railroads were primarily used access the area's vast timber reserves, but once built, they were . . . Map (db m115598) HM
13Louisiana (St. Tammany Parish), Covington — Saint Peter Church
On South Jefferson Avenue at East 19th Avenue, on the right when traveling north on South Jefferson Avenue.
L'Abbé Jouanneault built the predecessor of St. Peter Church on the Bouge Falaya in 1843. The first resident pastor was Fr. J.M. Giraud, appointed in 1863 to serve Covington, Madisonville, Bedico, and Abita Springs. In 1892 Fr. Joseph Koegerl, . . . Map (db m98979) HM
14Louisiana (St. Tammany Parish), Covington — St. Tammany Parish World War I Memorial
On North Columbia Street (State Road 437) at West 33rd Avenue, on the right when traveling north on North Columbia Street.
Erected and Dedicated To The Soldiers Of World War I 1920 Restored 2010 By St. Tammany Parish Kevin Davis, Parish President.Map (db m115380) WM
15Louisiana (St. Tammany Parish), Covington — The Covington Bank and Trust BuildingCirca 1885
On East Boston Street (State Highway 21) at North Columbia Street (State Highway 437), on the right when traveling west on East Boston Street.
Probably the most significant economic development, not only for Covington but for the parish as a whole, was the establishment of the bank. The Covington Bank & Trust was established in these original quarters. It is the oldest commercial building . . . Map (db m100622) HM
16Louisiana (St. Tammany Parish), Covington — The Southern Hotel
On North New Hampshire Street at East Boston Street (Business U.S. 190), on the right when traveling north on North New Hampshire Street.
At the turn of the 20th century, Covington was famous for its healthful, healing environment. Excursionists came by schooner and by rail to breathe the pine-scented air and drink the pure waters. To accommodate the many guests, Covington, like other . . . Map (db m103558) HM
17Louisiana (St. Tammany Parish), Covington — Walker Percy(1916-1990)
On East Boston Street (State Highway 21) east of Lee Lane, on the right when traveling west.
Covington resident, where he wrote, among others, Lancelot, The Second Coming, Love in the Ruins, The Thanatos Syndrome, The Last Gentleman, and The Moviegoer, which won the National Book Award for fiction, co-founder Fellowship of . . . Map (db m98852) HM
 
 
Dec. 7, 2021