Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Emergency Plane Landing on Hwy. 22

Some days nothing seems to go right, say like when your single engine aircraft makes an emergency landing on La. Hwy. 22 west of Mandeville. Then again, if you're a volunteer fire fighter called to the scene, it's a little break in the routine from fighting fires. This emergency landing took place in the early 1980's near the entrance to Beau Chene subdivision. 

Not all landings were as smooth as the one above, however.

Meanwhile, back in 1919....

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

More 1968 Covington High Photos

Here are some additional photographs from the 1968 Covington High School Yearbook. Click on the images to make them larger. 

Monday, May 28, 2018

St. Paul's School Fire 1981

On November 21, 1981, fire broke out and consumed a major portion of a building on the St. Paul's School campus in Covington. Here are some photographs. 

Above photo from St. Pauls School history webpage

Saturday, May 26, 2018

More Mardi Gras 1982

Some 36 years ago, in 1982, these pictures were taken of various Mardi Gras celebrations in St. Tammany Parish. Click on the images to make them larger.


Downtown Covington's 1985 Transition

In 1985 the dozen or so blocks of "downtown Covington" were undergoing a transition. Stores were closing, buildings were going vacant, professionals were moving their offices to new one-story brick buildings on the perimeter of the city. Then something began to happen.

People bought up the old downtown buildings and began renovating them. Specialty shops began moving into the vacant storefronts. Professionals began buying up the old office spaces, fixing them up, painting them, and in some cases adding architectural flourishes. Covington was being re-born. It was a difficult process to begin, and it is still ongoing today.

Here is an article I wrote about those original efforts to turn the downtown around. Click on the image to make it larger. 

See also:

Covington Downtown Photographs in 1982

Downtown Covington in the early 1970's

Downtown Covington 2018

Thursday, May 24, 2018

100 years ago this week

What was going on 100 years ago this week?

CLICK HERE for a link to the St. Tammany Farmer edition of May 25, 1918. The link is provided by the Library of Congress and its Chronicling America service.

Click on the images below to see larger versions.

See also:

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Madisonville Mardi Gras - 1982

Here are some photographs of the Mardi Gras boat parade in the Tchefuncte River at Madisonville in 1982, some 36 years ago. Click on the images to make them larger. 

The Ancient Mariner Seafood Restaurant