This image is the cover for the book Lost Metairie, Lost

Lost Metairie, Lost

From ancient bayous to beloved old businesses, Metairie has changed dramatically over generations.

Many of those landmarks are lost to time; the lake, railroads and a beach resort were popular features in the early days. A streetcar ran through the short-lived City of Metairie Ridge, where gambling houses and dog tracks contributed more tax dollars than did the few residents. Old Bucktown was famous for its seafood. Fat City, once notorious for its nightlife, has seen better days. Author Catherine Campanella takes a look back at the schools, shops, bars, restaurants, alligator farms, bowling alleys, drive-ins and movie theaters from a bygone era.

Catherine Campanella

Having grown up witnessing Metairie change and grow, Catherine Campanella developed an interest in its history, which is the
subject of this new book. An LSU graduate with a BA in fine arts, Cathy chose a career in teaching (MEd, University of New Orleans), becoming a technology coordinator and early proponent of the educational value of the Internet. New Orleans History--
Lake Pontchartrain ( was her first attempt to compile a cultural overview as a pictorial history of the lake.
This endeavor culminated in the book Lake Pontchartrain (Arcadia Publishing, 2007). Now a retired educator, Cathy's interest in writing and research has grown to include the books Metairie (2008), New Orleans City Park (2011), Legendary Locals of Metairie ( 2013) and Images of Modern America Lake Pontchartrain (2015), all released by Arcadia Publishing.

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