New Orleans History: Spanish Fort (Fort St John) & Pontchartrain Beach Amusement Park
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From Native Americans to Pontchartrain Beach this ares of New Orleans history is long and interesting as New Orleans owes a lot of its very existence to Bayou St. John. At the original point where Lake Pontchartrain met Bayou St. John now sits the crumbling remains of an old fort known variously as The Old Spanish Fort, Fort St. John or most commonly just Spanish Fort. The history of this fort goes back before New Orleans existed and it went from being a military installation to a resort for the elite of New Orleans which was transformed into an amusement park for the masses which evolved into Pontchartrain Beach along with entertaining generations of New Orleans residents. The Spanish Fort amusement park was an integral part of the development of New Orleans culture and Jazz history. Notable restaurants in the Spanish Fort park area included Moreau’s Restaurant, Noy’s Restaurant, Over the Rhine Restaurant and Tranchina’s Restaurant. The park eventually was forced to move out of Spanish Fort due to the lakefront land reclamation project of the Orleans Parish Levee Board. The Spanish Fort park reinvented itself and moved nearby onto some of the newly reclaimed land in 1924 and transformed into the first Pontchartrain Beach Amusement Park. The first Pontchartrain Beach Amusement Park closed in 1938, to move to an even larger location in what used to be Milneburg, and opened in 1939. The Spainish Fort and Pontchartrain Beach Amusement Parks brought joy to thousands of people over many generations. Sadly the amazing history of Spanish Fort along with its important place in the good food, good times and good people history of New Orleans has largely been forgotten by most these days and few even know about the crumbling ruins that remain of the old Spanish Fort of Fort St. John. This is definitely New Orleans history that deserves to be remembered. Fort St. John having been such a huge part of New Orleans history from before the city existed to The Battle of New Orleans and to just being a place of joy for so many is worthy of preservation.
01:00 The Beginning
03:32 The Spanish Fort Resort Begins
16:43 Pontchartrain Beach at Spanish Fort
19:10 Spanish Fort Resort Closing til Now
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