Metairie (Images of America)

Veterans Highway Construction - 1954


On February 18, 1954 the ground was broken for Veterans Highway. John J. Holtgrove (above), president of the Jefferson Parish Police Jury manned a tractor while other officials and workers looked on. Moss laced swamp cypresses bounded the area where the workmen below were paving the highway in 1955. By this time all Metairie swamps and marches had been drained and were either occupied or ready for development. The population had reached 50,000 and it was then recognized by the U.S. Post Office Department as an independent community with a First Class post office. (Courtesy of the Jefferson Parish Yearly Review.)


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