Founded in 1882, Slidell developed from the construction of a new railroad connecting New Orleans to Meridian, Mississippi, eventually reaching New York City. The first camp was built on high ground, north of Lake Pontchartrain, and in 1888 the Louisiana legislature chartered the city of Slidell, also known as the Camellia City. The combination of industrial growth in the early 20th century, along with the construction of Interstate 10, Interstate 59, and Interstate 12, made Slidell a major crossroads for travelers along the gulf coast.
The next major boom came as NASA opened the Michaud Assembly Facility and George C. Stennis Space Center in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi in the 1960s. Over a ten year period, Slidell’s population tripled, and it became a major New Orleans suburb.
Today Slidell has plenty to offer in terms of nature, shopping, dining, and entertainment. Whether you are in the mood for a festival or simply looking for a quiet getaway, Slidell has what you are looking for. Enjoy dinner overlooking the marina, stroll down the tree-lined Olde Towne streets, or visit North Shore Square for five-star shopping.
Here are a few of the many things to do and see in Slidell: