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Slidell – Camellia City
History of Slidell, Louisiana -- $20
Through research of courthouse and municipal records, newspapers, past publications, and intensive interviews with older citizens, including personnel who are involved with churches, institutions, and organizations -- an in-depth chronology of Slidell, its neighbors, and eras of unfolding, come into view.
The area surrounding Slidell was geographically centered in the developing West Florida heritage.
The first family settlers moved between the old village settlements during the early stages of colonial growth through governmental changes under French to English to Spanish and eventually to the Americanization era.This Slidell history book is liberally illustrated with photos, drawings, and maps. The first real history of Slidell sweeps through St. Tammany history from its first settlements in the Bonfouca region to the economic impact affected by NASA. Dan Ellis describes the richness of Olde Town and the early leaders since the incorporation of Slidell in 1888. Slidell has evolved through many evolutions as a CrossRoads community that has been ever challenged by new crossroad decisions in becoming a major Louisiana municipality today. Included are chapters on North Shore, Pearl River, Lacombe, NASA, and past Slidell community leaders.
The story of Slidell reveals how the Salmen family picked up their roots from Handsboro, Mississippi, now a part of Gulfport, and resettled in Slidell during the construction of the Railroad. Ellis follows the trek of “kissin' cousins” as families and neighbors moved between New Orleans, the Gulf Coast, and the North Shore regions in spreading out to finally establish their own private domains.
The Haas family is a good example of movement around the Pearl River region
and having settled at New Orleans, Waveland, Bay St. Louis, Kiln, and at Slidell.
The Dubuissons had originally settled in the LaCombe/Slidell region and Eugene Dubuisson is credited with the proliferation of that name in West Harrison and Hancock counties of Mississippi.
Captain William Hardy is well known for his founding of Gulfport and Hattiesburg, but years before, he had built the railroad from New Orleans to Jackson, MS, which was the origin of Slidell and many other railroad towns.