On the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, Slidell was founded in 1882, during construction of the New Orleans and Northeastern Railroad (N.O.N.E.), which connected New Orleans to Mississippi. Named after the American politician and ambassador to France John Slidell, Slidell became a major camp between the Gulf States.

John William Gause was among the first settlers of Slidell, building a log cabin and a lumber mill near a budding town center in the area. Gause's hauling back and forth from his lumber yard to his home created a makeshift road, which is known today as Gause Boulevard.

Today, Slidell is home to a close-knit and vibrant people as well as many attractive parks, unique homes, and local businesses. There is great shopping like the Fremaux Town Center, Midtown Square Shopping Center, and Northshore Square Mall. Residents have many options on ways to spend a day, be it at fun activities like the rock-climbing gym, Slidell Rocks, or chowing down on an icy treat at the city-favorite Old Town Slidell Soda Shop.

The Historic Slidell Museum is available to teach the history of the area, and residents frequent the city's 32 public parks and playgrounds maintained by the Slidell Parks and Recreation Department to partake in athletic leagues and large events like Christmas Under the Stars. Heritage Park, which is Slidell’s most popular park, was recently named it “Best of the Best” in the state by the Louisiana Municipal Association.

Bounded by Lake Pontchartrain and Pearl River, Slidell attracts many nature lovers who enjoy a day exploring the public wildlife management areas, boating from public launches, and taking a guided swamp tour through scenic bayous with a company like Honey Island Swamp Tour or Cajun Encounters. Slidell is the perfect place to take in the gorgeous Louisiana landscapes!

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