The first airplane to land in St. Tammany Parish, according to this photograph, was in 1919. It was a bumpy landing in a rice field.
As time went on, airstrips were built, then airports.
This is a photograph of the early days of Greater St. Tammany Regional Airport, back when the runway was complete, but the buildings were not yet being built on Hwy. 36 just east of Abita Springs. A mobile home was the only building on the grounds. The photograph was taken on June 3, 1972, from 800 feet up.
In 1973 I wrote an extensive article about the state of aviation in St. Tammany Parish. Here is the article. Click on the image below to see a larger, more readable version.
November 22, 1963
Abita Springs Airport in 1975
Then, twenty years later...