Slidell, Louisiana, known as the Camellia City, is located on the northeastern shore of Lake Pontchartrain, which separates it from New Orleans. Slidell was founded in the early 1880s as the New Orleans and Northeastern Railroad was being built. The city was named for John Slidell, a congressman and senator known for his defense of Southern rights.
The city's major growth began in the early 20th century with the founding of key industries producing creosote, bricks, lumber and ships. In the 1960s, the opening of several NASA facilities in the New Orleans area significantly increased Slidell's population. The city's population is approximately 26,000.
In 2005, Slidell suffered significant damage during Hurricane Katrina, battered by strong winds and storm surges from Lake Pontchartrain.
Slidell's most distinct districts are historical:
The residential neighborhoods of Slidell are primarily arranged in subdivisions. There are 27 subdivisions and almost 30 neighborhoods in total. They include:
Slidell appeals to tourists by offering an attractive small-town atmosphere alongside the amenities and convenience of a city. There are 13 hotels in the area. Regular service from Amtrak, nearby interstate highways and proximity to New Orleans airports help the city's tourism industry operate steadily.
Accommodation and food services are one of Slidell's principal areas of employment. Others include professional, scientific and technical services; public administration; construction; education; health care; retail; and finance and insurance.
The city's top employers include Slidell Memorial Hospital and NorthShore Regional Medical Center.
Slidell's attractions capitalize on both its history and its surroundings:
Three golf clubs and five swimming venues provide opportunities for exercise and recreation. Art galleries such as the Slidell Cultural Center showcase a wide array of art. Slidell is also close to New Orleans and its famous French Quarter.
Annual and regular cultural events in Slidell include:
Slidell is home to four institutions of higher education, including:
Two newspapers serve the Slidell area-the Slidell Sentry-News and the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
The majority of radio stations available in Slidell are based in New Orleans. Only two stations call Slidell home: WGON (103.7 FM, Christian Contemporary) and WSLA (1560 AM, Variety).
MyNetwork TV has a channel based in Slidell, WUPL. The 11 stations local to New Orleans also serve the Slidell area.
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