By: MeLinda Schnyder
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
In the mid-1800s, the northern shore of Lake Pontchartrain was deemed one of the healthiest places in the United States by the government because so few people there were affected by viruses devastating the rest of the country, including New Orleans on the south side of the lake. Around the same time, spring water in the area was discovered to have minerals that doctors said could heal and calm. By 1900, towns closest to where tourists would arrive, including Covington, Louisiana, had established high-end resorts to accommodate the elite looking to escape the city.
Photo by: MeLinda Schnyder