"Lighthouses of Louisiana" Madisonville by grandmaR
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We came to Madisonville to see the lighthouse at the end of the Tchefuncte River, near where the river enters Lake Pontchartrain. Because the road was flooded, we went to the the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum
The Madisonville Lighthouse was built in 1838 and is on the United States National Register of Historic Places. The land route to the lighthouse was destroyed by Hurricane Betsy in 1965, and it has since been accessible only by boat.
Madisonville was the site of the Native American village of Chiconcte so called because of an abundance of shellfish. In 1810 it was renamed in honor of President of the United States James Madison.
It was an important port providing bricks and other products of the towns along the Tchefuncte to New Orleans in the decades before the American Civil War.
The opening of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway and associated highways gradually brought Madisonville into the sphere of Greater New Orleans in the late 20th century.
Much of the town flooded with the Lake Pontchartrain storm surge of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The police station was destroyed by the floodwaters, along with the lower levels of the fire station.
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