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New Basin Canal

The canal you see before you was created in the 1830's by the New Orleans Canal and Banking Company for drainage and commerce. Over 8,000 Irish immigrants died digging the canal through mosquito infested swamp. Across the canal developed a recreation area called "New Lake End" (eventually called West End) on raised boardwalks above the water. The first *New Canal Lighthouse was placed at the *canal entrance.

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