Pierre le Moyne, Sieur de Iberville Early European to explore the in the area.
Over 100 years ago tourists crossed Lake Ponchartrain by steamboat and then a surrey or "tallyho" from Mandeville to Abita Springs and Covington and beyond. The entire trip from New Orleans would take over 5 hours.
Pictured here are travelers walking to and from a steamer that is docked on a pier at Mandeville.
Besides having a great tourist industry, St. Tammany Parish also it's citizens making a living from farming, trapping, logging, and as pictured here, making turpentine. Extensive, aggressive logging went on in St. Tammany Parish from the 1850's into the 1900's.