Restorations

Located on scenic Bayou Liberty near Slidell, Louisiana, Camp Salmen is historically significant for many reasons:

  • It consists of land originally awarded as land grants by Spanish governor Estevan Miro in 1785 and 1787
  • It hosted a trading post in the Bayou Liberty region which was probably built in the early years of the 1800s
  • It is the site of a major ferry across Bayou Liberty which operated from the early 1800s into the early 1900s
  • The Salmen Brick and Lumber Co. acquired the property in 1901, and conducted timbering operations there for many years before donating the property to the Boy Scouts in 1924
  • The scouts used the property for nearly 60 years as its regional camp reservation for the Greater New Orleans Area

Illuminating the property's heritage is a 200-year-old French Creole-style building, which was probably built in the first decade of the 1800s and served as the major trading post in the Bayou Liberty region for over a century. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.

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