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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A More Convenient Airport

A More Convenient Airport

With the Wedell-Williams Airport in Jefferson Parish, people from the surrounding area did not need to drive all the way to St. Bernard Parish to use Menefee or Alvin Callendar. Image courtesy of the E.F. Newman Collection, Earl K. Long Library, University of New Orleans View File Details Page

The Completed Wedell-Williams Airport

The Completed Wedell-Williams Airport

Airport construction usually took place outside of the city to keep from impeding urban development and to keep away from potential obstructions. Unfortunately, this meant that the drive to the airport often took longer than the flight itself. Image courtesy of the E.F. Newman Collection, Earl K. Long Library, University of New Orleans View File Details Page

The Wedell-Williams Airport Hangar

The Wedell-Williams Airport Hangar

You are standing near the location of the Wedell-Williams Airport's main hangar, which you would have seen in the early 1930's. Maintenance as well as storage usually took place in this building. Image Courtesy of the Wedell Williams Memorial Foundation and the Louisiana State Museum View File Details Page

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Teresa M. Thessen, “Construction of the Jefferson Airport,” New Orleans Historical, accessed April 30, 2017, http://neworleanshistorical.org/items/show/679.

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