Construction of the Jefferson Airport

Stop 2 of 7 in the Wedell-Williams Airport in Jefferson Parish tour

As the Wedell-Williams Air Service expanded their air service, a new airport was under construction near Harahan in Jefferson Parish. Costing $63,000, the airport featured a 100 foot x 120 foot steel arch weld hangar with a concrete floor, complete with light water and compressed air lines, two underground gasoline pits and tanks, flood landing lights, a concrete airplane wash platform, and gravel roadways and parking lot.

In many other parts of the country, air companies constructed new airports to link major American cities together. This link allowed for faster travel, which benefited both tourism and trade; aviation services boosted the economy, even during the Great Depression.

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